5.0835 E-Course: Programming for the Humanities (1/53)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Fri, 17 Apr 1992 17:08:23 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0835. Friday, 17 Apr 1992.

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 92 11:22:53 CDT
From: "Eric Johnson DSU, Madison, SD 57042" <ERIC@SDNET>
Subject: Computer Programming for the Humanities

Following is information about a three-credit graduate course
in programming for the humanities offered by Dakota State
University via BITNET (and other interconnected networks).
Students in the course can be anywhere in the world if they can
send and receive electronic mail.

introduction to programming using SNOBOL4 for applications in the
humanities such as analysis of texts, arranging data from research,
and formatting for printing and desktop publishing. The primary
emphasis in the course will be on computer applications with texts.

The course is designed for humanists who want to learn to
write useful computer programs for research and teaching. The
language of choice for this course is SNOBOL4 because it is a
powerful language designed for non-numeric computing; students can
write useful programs in SNOBOL4 almost from the start. The course
will begin with an introduction to programming, then cover
techniques of structuring SNOBOL4 programs, and it will finish with
students completing individual projects of their own creation.

Students in the course can work at their own pace; they can
begin immediately. Students should plan to finish all course
requirements by August 1.

Programming assignments for the course will be designed for
MS-DOS microcomputers. Although most assignments can be modified
for Macintosh users, students using a Macintosh would have to
purchase MaxSPITBOL, and they would need an understanding of
Macintosh file structures.

It is a prerequisite for the course that students have a sound
understanding of how to upload and download files from the
mainframe that runs electronic mail to the DOS microcomputer used
for the programming assignments. In addition, students must be
familiar with DOS commands.

The total cost of the course is $239.82. No textbook is
required. Students will be sent a disk containing a public-domain
SNOBOL4 compiler and a text editor. Lectures and data files will
be sent electronically.

Students may audit the course or enroll for credit and receive
a grade of Pass or Fail. The cost to audit the course is the same
as enrolling for credit.

Those who want an electronic registration form or who have
questions about the course should send a message to

Eric Johnson