5.0811 Rs: Humanities Computing Courses (1/62)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Thu, 2 Apr 1992 20:31:42 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0811. Thursday, 2 Apr 1992.

Date: Thu, 2 Apr 92 9:45 GMT
From: Harold Short <UDAA400@oak.cc.kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: Reply to Stephen Clausing at Yale

Subj: Humanities Computing courses

The following is an extract from the School of Humanities prospectus
here at King's College London (one of the constituent colleges of the
University of London). The course it refers to is a 'minor', which
means that it counts for one third of the student's total credit towards
a BA degree.


Humanities with Applied Computing

In conjunction with the Computing Centre, the
School offers a variety of options with Applied
Computing. The emphasis is very much on the
'applied' aspect - the ways in which computing
can be used. In the first year a number of basic
skills will be acquired covering such areas as
text processing and analysis, databases, and
introductory programming. The second year
programme will extend these skills, and
augment them with topics such as systems
analysis and design, machine readable corpora,
and computer assisted learning. As an
important part of this programme, there will be
a project involving the use of computing
techniques in a humanities discipline. The third
year will be almost entirely taken up with a
major practical project, applying computing in
the student's major discipline.


Most of the 'computing' teaching on this course is undertaken by members
of the Humanities Division of the Computing Centre; the 2nd year project
work is jointly supervised by us and academics from the 'home'
departments; the final year project work is almost entirely supervised
by 'home' dept academics.

If you would find it helpful, I would be glad to send further details of
the course content.

In addition to the above course, the Humanities Division of the Computing
Centre also teaches three non-credit courses. These consist of ten
3-hour sessions, and cover a range of basic computing skills, including
Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Communications, Bibliographic
software, and textual analysis. One of the courses is run for
Humanities postgraduates - in the autumn term each year, another is for
2nd year Historians (a non-credit optional course!), and the third is
for Humanities staff. This third one is run during the Easter or summer
vacations each year. Once again, I would be glad to send further
details if they are of interest or use.

Best Wishes

Harold Short
Assistant Director (Humanities)
Computing Centre
King's College London

h.short @ uk.ac.kcl.cc.elm