Spring 2018 Course Listings


University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

COMM 431: Advanced Audio Production
Robinson, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30 am-10:45 pm, Swain 200A
Prerequisite, COMM 130 or 150; Grade of C or better in COMM 130; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Advanced analysis and application of the principles and methods of audio production.

COMM 453: The History of New Media Technology in Everyday Life
Palm, 3 Credits, TuTh 2:00 pm-3:15 pm, Bingham 217
Prerequisite, COMM 140. The starting point for this course, chronologically and conceptually, is the emergence of popular media technology. Our purview includes transformative innovations in mediated communication, such as telephony and e-mail, alongside familiar media technologies such as televisions and computers.

COMM 650: Cultural Politics of Global Media Culture
Palm, 3 Credits, TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm, Bingham 101
Prerequisite, COMM 140.
The stuff of media culture today – from rap to apps – circulates within commercial markets that are often trans- and inter-national (if seldom “global” in any literal sense); and the production, distribution and consumption of popular culture (e.g., rap) and media technology (i.e., apps) seldom occur anymore within one nation, or even region of the world. In this course we will study media forms, content and cultures, moving across borders both official and de facto. Our primary subjects will be popular culture, media technology and the people who produce and consume them. Our guiding questions will be organized around the relationships of each to commerce and social change.

COMM 654-001: Motion Graphics, Special Effects, and Compositing
Rankus, 3 Credits, MW 9:05 am-10:55 am, Swain 200A
Prerequisites, COMM 130 or COMM 150 with a C or better, Department Consent Required. In this course course students will learn a wide range of post-production techniques for video projects, using primarily After Effects (and Photoshop to a lesser extent). Topics explored include: Compositing, that is to say the integration and collage-ing of multiple video/film/still/text layers. Motion Graphics deals with the movement through 2D and 3D screen space of these layers, and Visual Effects will consider the myriad ways one can distort, color manipulate, and modify these layers, or create such phenomena as clouds, fire, etc. Besides creating projects using these techniques, we will also screen and analyze how this form of image manipulation is used in television and motion pictures.

COMP 410: Data Structures
Stotts, 3 Credits, MW 1:25 pm-2:40 pm, Genome Sciences Bldg G100
Prerequisite, COMP 401. The analysis of data structures and their associated algorithms. Abstract data types, lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. Sorting, searching, hashing.

COMP 411: Computer Organization
Singh, 4 Credits, MWF 11:15am-12:30 pm, Sitterson Hall 0014
Porter, 4 Credits, TuTh 2:00pm-3:15 pm, Fetzer 109
Prerequisite, COMP 401. Digital logic, circuit components. Data representation, computer architecture and implementation, assembly language programming.

COMP 585: Serious Games
Pozefsky, 3 credits, MWF 3:35pm-4:50pm, Sitterson 011
Prerequisite, COMP 410 or 411. Concepts of computer game development and their application beyond entertainment to fields such as education, health, and business. Course includes team development of a game.

EDUC 790: Design of Emerging Technologies for Education
Ryoo, 3 credits, TuTh 3:30-4:45 pm
This class is a project-based course focusing on emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, games, 3-D printing, and simulations for education, and design thinking that drives these innovations. Students will design technology-enhanced solutions for educational challenges based on their interests.

GEOG 410: Modeling of Environmental Systems 
Song, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30 am- 10:45 am, Carolina Hall 0204
Uses systems theory and computer models to understand ecosystem energy and matter flows, such as energy flow in food webs, terrestrial ecosystem evapotranspiration and productivity, related to climate, vegetation, soils, and hydrology across a range of spatial and temporal scales.

GEOG 491: Introduction to GIS
Delamater, 3 credits, M 3:35 pm-6:35 pm, Carolina Hall 0220
Prerequisite, GEOG 370. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Stresses the spatial analysis and modeling capabilities of organizing data within a geographic information system. (GISci)

GEOG 541: GIS in Public Health
Delamater, 3 credits, MWF 9:05 am-9:55 am, Carolina Hall 0322
Explores theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS) for public health. The course includes an overview of the principles of GIS in public health and practical experience in its use. (GISci)

GEOG 577: Advanced Remote Sensing
Song, 3 credits, TuTh 2:00 pm-3:15 pm, Carolina Hall 0322
Prerequisite, GEOG 370 or 477. Acquisition, processing, and analysis of satellite digital data for the mapping and characterization of land cover types. (GISci)

GEOG 591: Applied Issues in GIS
Liang, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30 am-10:45 am, Carolina Hall 0322
Prerequisite, GEOG 477, 491, or equivalent. Through a novel research workshop format, this graduate and undergraduate course explores political and geographical dimensions of technological change around key environmental issues–energy, water, and waste. The class is largely a research-project oriented course. Examples of the work produced can be found on the course’s page on Digital Atlases and Resource Pages.

GEOG 592-001: Geographic Information Science Programming
Liang, 3 credits, TuTh 3:30 pm-4:45 pm, Carolina Hall 322
Prerequisite, GEOG 370 or 491. This course will teach students the elements of GISci software development using major GIS platforms. Students will modularly build a series of applications through the term, culminating in an integrated GIS applications program.

GEOG 650: Technology and Democracy Research
Kirsch, 3 credits, Tu 3:30 pm-6:30 pm, Graham Memorial 0038
Are technological choices open to democratic participation? Through a novel research workshop format, this graduate and undergraduate course explores political and geographical dimensions of technological change around key environmental issues–energy, water, and waste. The class is largely a research-project oriented course. Examples of the work produced can be found on the course’s page on Digital Atlases and Resource Pages.

INLS 465: Understanding Information Technology for Managing Digital Collections
Staff, 3 credits, Th 2:00 pm-4:45 pm, Manning 0117
Prepares students to be conversant with information technologies that underlie digital collections in order to evaluate the work of developers, delegate tasks, write requests for proposals, and establish policies and procedures. Teaches students how to think about information technology systems and recognize and manage interdependencies between parts of the systems.

INLS 509: Information Retrieval
Arguello, 3 credits, M 6:00 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 0307
Study of information retrieval and question answering techniques, including document classification, retrieval and evaluation techniques, handling of large data collections, and the use of feedback.

INLS 512: Applications of Natural Language Processing
Haas, 3 credits, MW 12:20 pm-1:35 pm, Manning 0307
Prerequisite: COMP 110, COMP 116, or COMP 121.
Students with graduate standing in SILS may take the course without the prerequisite. Applications of natural language processing techniques and the representations and processes needed to support them. Topics include interfaces, text retrieval, machine translation, speech processing, and text generation. Cross-listed as COMP 486.

INLS 520: Organization of Information
Losee, 3 credits, MW 8 am-9:15 am, Manning 0014
Feinberg, 3 credits, TuTh 12:30 pm-1:45 pm, Manning 0001
Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemata, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.

INLS 523: Intro to Database Concepts & Applications
Staff, 3 credits, TuTh 11:00am-12:15 pm, Manning 0307
Staff, 3 credits, M 6:00pm-8:45pm, Manning 0001
Haas, 3 credits, Online
Pre- or corequisite, INLS 161 or 461. Design and implementation of basic database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, indexing, and query construction, SQL.

INLS 525: Electronic Records Management
Barnes, 3 credits, MW 12:20 pm-1:35 pm, Manning 0117
Explores relationships between new information and communication technologies and organizational efforts to define, identify, control, manage, and preserve records. Considers the importance of organizational, institutional and technological factors in determining appropriate recordkeeping strategies.

INLS 541: Information Visualization
Hemminger, 3 credits, MW 10:10 am-11:25 am, Manning 307
An introduction to information visualization through reading current literature and studying exemplars. The course reviews information visualization techniques, provides a framework for identifying the need for information visualization, and emphasizes interactive electronic visualizations that use freely available tools. Students will construct several visualizations. No programming skills are required.

INLS 560: Programming for Information Professionals
Gotz, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30 am-10:45 pm, Manning 208
Staff, 3 credits, MW 10:10 am-11:25 pm, Manning 208
Gotz, 3 credits, Online
Introduction to programming and computational concepts. Students will learn to write programs using constructs such as iteration, flow control, variables, functions, and error handling. No programming experience required.

INLS 572: Web Development I
Boone, 1.5 credits, F 12:20 pm-3:05 pm, Manning 001, January 12- March 19
Prerequisite, INLS 161 or 461. Introduction to Internet concepts, applications, and services. Introduces the TCP/IP protocol suite along with clients and servers for Internet communication, browsing, and navigation. Examines policy, management, and implementation issues.

INLS 573: Mobile Web Development
Boone, 1.5 credits, F 12:20 pm-3:05 pm, Manning 001, March 23-April 27
An introduction to techniques and technologies for the development of mobile websites and applications. Topics include responsive web design, content strategy for mobile, performance considerations, using mobile frameworks, such as W3.CSS, Bootstrap, and Foundation. Basic Knowledge of HTML is required, and familiarity with CSS and JavaScript is recommended.

INLS 582: Systems Analysis
Mazur, 3 credits, TuTh 12:30 pm-1:45 pm, Manning 208
Staff, 3 credits, M 6 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 307
Introduction to the systems approach to the design and development of information systems. Methods and tools for the analysis and modeling of system functionality (e.g., structured analysis) and data represented in the system (e.g., object oriented analysis) are studied. Undergraduates are encouraged to take INLS 382 instead of this course.

INLS 613: Text Mining
Arguello, 3 credits, MW 2:30 pm-3:45pm, Manning 0307
This course will allow the student to develop a general understanding of knowledge discovery and gain a specific understanding of text mining. Students will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of text mining and develop a proficiency with data modeling text. Offered annually.

INLS 623: Database Systems II: Intermediate Databases
Staff, 3 credits, Th 6:00 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 0014
Prerequisites, INLS 382 or 582, and 523. Intermediate-level design and implementation of database systems, building on topics studied in INLS 523. Additional topics include MySQL, indexing, XML, and non-text databases.

INLS 690-189: Big Data, Algorithms, and Society
Tufekci, 3 credits, M 12:20 pm-3:05 pm, Manning 0001
This course examines the increasingly important technologies of connectivity from a theoretical and empirical perspective. We will explore the evolution, implications and complications of social media in multiple spheres of life including sociality, community, politics, power and inequality, education, knowledge, and information. Our emphasis will not be on any one current platform (such as Facebook or Twitter) or even a particular device. Rather, we will study how different configurations of connectivity encourage or stifle different socio-cultural practices and values. This course will provide conceptual and methodological foundations for studying and evaluating current and future developments in this area.

INLS 718: User Interface Design
Staff, 3 credits,Tu 6:00 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 208
Prerequisite: INLS 582. Basic principles for designing the human interface to information systems, emphasizing computer-assisted systems. Major topics: users’ conceptual models of systems, human information processing capabilities, styles of interfaces, and evaluation methods.

INLS 740: Digital Libraries 
Shin, 3 credits, Online
Research and development issues in digital libraries, including collection development and digitization; mixed mode holdings; access strategies and interfaces; metadata and interoperability; economic and social policies; and management and evaluation..

INLS 756: Data Curation and Management 
Tibbo, Online
Explores data curation lifecycle activities from design of good data, through content creator management, metadata creation, ingest into a repository, repository management, access policies, and implementation, and data reuse.

INLS 760: Web Databases
Capra, 3 credits, TuTh 6-8:45 pm, Manning 0001
Prerequisites: INLS 572 or equivalent, INLS 523 (623 recommended) and programming experience. Explores concepts and practice surrounding the implementation and delivery of Web-enabled databases. Students will gain experience with and evaluate PC and Unix Web database platforms.

MEJO 581: Multimedia Design
Ruel, 3 credits, TuTh 1:00pm-2:45 pm, Carroll 0060
Prerequisite, MEJO 187. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Theory and practice of multimedia design with an emphasis on usability, design theory, and evaluative methodologies, including focus groups, survey research, eye-track testing, and search engine optimization.

MEJO 582: Advanced Documentary Video Storytelling
Romero, 3 credits, MW 11:15 am – 1:00 pm,  Carroll 0060
Permission of the instructor. Students work on a semester-long documentary multimedia project that includes photo and video journalists, audio recordists, designers, infographics artists, and programmers. Open by application to students who have completed an advanced course in visual or electronic communication.

MEJO 583: Advanced Interactive Media
King, 3 credits, MW 11:15 am-1:00 pm, Carroll  0058
Prerequisite, JOMC 187. Permission of the school. Advanced course in multimedia programming languages that includes designing and building dynamic projects.

MEJO 671: Social Marketing Campaigns 
Southwell, 3 credits, TuTh 8:00 am-9:15 am, Carroll  0283
Social marketing is the application of marketing concepts and practices to bring about behavior change for a social good. This course is designed as a service learning course and fulfills the experiential education requirement.

MEJO 712: Visual Communication and Multimedia 
Staff, TBA
Focusing on the new communication technologies that have created new media, new language and new visual interfaces, this course introduces the student to principles and concepts of visual communication and design and how they are being used in this new cyber medium. Students will learn the rich history of visual images and the conceptual framework of visual communication. They will examine elements of visual images to learn basic design theory and techniques. These visual information concepts will then be applied to the Internet. Students will learn to analyze how diverse visual elements are used in graphics and graphics design, page design, site planning and navigation, and computer system and human interface design, as well as usability, navigation and accessibility. This course is offered online. JOMC 712 is open to non-JOMC graduate students on a space-available basis.

MEJO 795: eHealth
Noar, 3 credits, F 12:00pm-2:45pm, Carroll 0338
The purpose of the current seminar is to provide an opportunity for in-depth study of the eHealth field. We will examine the context of the digital age and what consumers are engaged in online with regard to health; the history of eHealth and its “roots”; interactivity and its relationship to eHealth; the variety of eHealth applications that exist, including Internet websites, computer-tailored interventions, health video games, avatars, interactive voice response technology, text-messaging interventions, mobile “apps,” social media, and others; eHealth design and evaluation strategies; implementation and dissemination research and its application to eHealth; policy issues that influence the eHealth field; issues related to adapting to a rapidly changing eHealth field; and future directions for eHealth practice and research.

 


Digital Literacy Course Development Grants

The Digital Literacy Course Development Grants supported by the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative support the creation of original course curricula in the arts and humanities. Each of the grantees will integrate data studies into undergraduate study using digital tools to modify existing courses or as a part of a completely new course. The development and deployment of these courses will improve digital skill sets at the level of professional research and undergraduate coursework simultaneously.

Heidi Kim

Dept. of English and Comparative Literature

Dr. Kim intends to study and develop big data studies on literary and oral history archives for undergraduate syllabi. She will create two projects with her students making use of UNC’s collections and other archives.

A first-year seminar class and an upper-level course for non-majors will collaborate with Densho, a Seattle-based non-profit firm that hosts the largest digital archive devoted to the interment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Data mining techniques will be employed to seek the crucial narratives and ideas within the oral histories in the collection, comparing manual tagging of texts to automated term frequency counts.

A second project will track analyze climatological and environmental references within digitized texts in the Southern Historical Collection, demonstrating the use of survey methods to uncover knowledge about climate change and the application of those methods to other popular and scholarly texts.

These courses will grow to serve as a gateway for Dr. Kim and successive groups of students toward deeper digital humanities study, creating interactive portals from class project outputs that capitalize on categorical intersections within these archival texts to reveal new insights. This work aims to build digital skillsets for undergraduate students at various levels, as well as strengthen institutional partnerships within and beyond the University.

In her own words, Dr. Kim has described the impact of the grant citing it ” has given me an opportunity to expand some of the intensive research projects I’ve been doing with my classes. This year, I decided to focus on digital publishing. Over the past few years, I’ve worked hard on refining the assignments and giving students a lot of intellectual control over the project. Unfortunately, the cost of that has sometimes been that the output, especially the online output, hasn’t been as clean or user-friendly as I would like. Now that I have the opportunity to think more about the presentation of the work and to make that a feature of the class, I’m really hoping that the students’ work—which is great—will get the online audience it deserves.”

 

Eren Tasar

Department of History

Dr. Tasar is using the Digital Literacy Course Development Grant in order to improve his existing course, HIST 511: 9/11 in World History. As described by Tasar, “This course deals with the political dimensions of religion, nationalism, and class in the post-colonial Islamic world, with a focus on Central Asia, Egypt, Iran, and Turkey since World War II. Given the subject matter, the course features a focus on contemporary events… that is unusual for a history class.” He has taught the course once before in the Fall of 2015, but even then saw the potential of introducing digital content and methodology. One of his key ideas to incorporate digital literacy is the development of a 9/11 online archive that includes students’ explanations, analyses, and transcriptions of documents, diaries, periodicals, artwork, songs, and videos of plays, protests, speeches, and lectures. This archive would then be used in subsequent years of the course, creating a constantly evolving living artifact of the 9/11 era. Additionally, he hopes to incorporate an assignment focusing exclusively on aural and visual material, as well as the possibility of taking advantage of the Wikileaks collection. While Dr. Tasar has no formal training in the digital humanities, he is committed to moving the discipline of history in a technological direction by including technology and digital innovation into both his research and teaching.

Speaking about the course requirements, Dr. Tasar says, “the students are preparing an interactive resource called “Sights and Sounds of the 9/11 Era.” The assignment consists of videos, photographs, and artwork designed to capture some aspect of daily life in the countries and time period examined in the class. Possible suggested themes include women’s liberation, urbanization, factory workers, and protest artwork, though these are my ideas and I’m sure the students will be much more creative. Once the assignment is completed, it will be made available online and I will use it again when I teach the class again next year.”

 

Flora Cassen

Department of History

Dr. Cassen’s proposed course acknowledges the audience erosion of print news and other traditionally trustworthy information sources. The emergence of a new information environment where everyone is a content creator broadly undermines information credibility while dulling the critical filters of information consumers.

Historical Analysis for the Information Age will present undergraduate students to the evaluation skills needed to confront these phenomena. Case studies from historical events going back as far as the Blood Libel in the 12th century will build a context for misinformation efforts.

“The proposed course is geared towards undergraduate students at the beginning of their college careers, though it will be of interest to advanced undergraduate students as well. Its purpose is to give students the tools to critically evaluate information. Texts from different historical periods, newsreels and propaganda movies, and a variety of different websites will be examined and deconstructed. This course makes the tools and thought processes needed to critically evaluate evidence explicit, and requires students to actively learn and practice them.”

Through a series of modules, students will learn to evaluate elements of a website systematically, to critique the internal logic of a website, to develop the habit of questioning the authenticity and accuracy of claims, and to judge when it is appropriate to take action to debunk websites. As they develop these skills they will also critically evaluate the impact hoaxes, rumors, or lies affect them as citizens.

Announcing the 2017 Digital Innovation Fellowships

These fellowships will support graduate students wishing to include significant digital components in their major research projects in the humanities and arts, and who wish to strengthen their digital methods capacities while collaborating with others. Fellows have access to up to five hours per week of consultation and support for their digital research projects, including methods training, planning, project management assistance, and feedback on their ongoing projects. They also receive a $4,000 summer stipend to support their work.

 

Emma Buckingham Classical ArchaeologyImage result for emma buckingham unc

Buckingham will work to combine bulk analysis of archaeological field data with 3D modeling of excavation sites to test models of identity formation in ancient Sicily against facts represented by thousands of objects found in 15 excavations in the southeastern region of the island. This will seek to improve understanding of the assimilation of Greek culture by the indigenous people in the 7th and early 6th centuries BCE, and the ways this phenomenon progressed throughout the period.

 

Bradley Erickson – Religious Studies

Erickson is developing his dissertation in Religious Studies, using 3D models of 6th and 7th century Byzantine synagogues to argue that artwork and architecture in these buildings were aligned with celestial bodies and events for the purpose of connecting the liturgy and Jewish historical narrative to astronomical events. A dynamic presentation will allow viewers to inhabit the synagogue models and observe these features against a location- and time-accurate night sky in a virtual environment.

 

 

 

 

Charlotte FryarAmerican Studies

Fryar is working toward an interactive digital database of oral histories and archival materials centered on student activist organizations. This will involve research in UNC-Chapel Hill’s University Archives and oral histories with alumni activists, in order to unify and extend the legacy of the struggle against institutional racism at Carolina. The project will consider the dimension of scholarly interpretation inherent in digital curation, as well as how to leverage digital tools to build stronger connections between scholarship, activism, and publication. The database will serve users as a resource for building exhibits, understanding the history and tactics of organized resistance, and employing this knowledge in activism in the present and future.

 

Grant Glass-English

Grant Glass seeks to map, visualize and understand the dissemination and variation of Robinson Crusoe through thousands of manifestations and imitations that have appeared over time. This will involve the development of machine analysis techniques for text, as well as explorations of Google and social media platforms to track the myth’s broader proliferation through culture. A machine learning algorithm will be developed to learn the text and contexts in Crusoe and this will facilitate connections with keywords and themes in a broad spectrum of media that connect to this narrative.

 

Jacob Hill- Library and Information Science

Jacob Hill has previously received a Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative grant. His current work explores intertextual relationships in a large collection of Persian and Arabic texts authored by Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri (Baha’u’llah), the founder of the Baha’I faith. These writings, often prompted by queries addressed to Baha’u’llah, largely preoccupied with the understanding of Islamic texts, ideas, and theories. Topic modeling, citation analysis, and word embedding practices will be employed to reconstruct connections between the writings of Baha’u’llah (lost through non-attribution or obscure citations) and their deeper contexts.

 

Mary Learner-English Literature

The tentatively-titled “Material Sampling and Patterns of Thought in Early Modern England” explores sampling as an epistemological mode in the Early Modern era. Using Superfastmatch, an open source document comparison software platform, Learner aims to show the extent of sampling of contemporary ballads in Shakespeare’s plays, exploring the possibility that this phenomenon displaces the Bard’s works as the apex of popular early modern culture.

 

 

 

Sarah Singer-Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy

Singer is building a research method toward an understanding of the creation, production, and dissemination of knowledge about Lyme Disease, working to unravel the conflicts between information sources and stakeholders that create barriers to the best and most useful knowledge, to the detriment of the actual fight against the disease. She intends to present visualizations of her results in forms that are accessible to public and scholarly audiences alike.

Congratulations to the 2017 Certificate in Digital Humanities Graduates!

The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) congratulates this year’s recipients of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities, Adam J. Engel (English and Comparative Literature), and Heather Suzanne Woods (Communication). The Graduate Certificate serves students interested in the ways that digital technologies are transforming the production and sharing of knowledge in the humanities. These transformations create new opportunities and connections across disciplines and among institutions.

Adam J. Engel

As a doctoral student, Engel employed technology to push the boundaries of what we traditionally think of as text. He integrated digital tools such as video into pedagogy while writing and teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was part of a team of teachers that organized the People, Ideas, and Things (PIT) Journal and Conference for Undergraduate Research, and worked in the Studio for Instructional Technology in English Studies (SITES), as well as serving as an editorial assistant to the William Blake Archive.

After moving to Boston in December and completing his dissertation remotely, Adam began a full-time job at Emerson College as an Instructional Technologist this past June. His team supports students and faculty alike in weaving technological tools into their learning and teaching practices. Adam’s responsibilities include supporting online instructors, supporting Canvas (Emerson’s Learning Management System), making media in courses accessible by correcting OCR and tagging for screen readers, and implementing new technological tools for Emerson faculty. Currently, Adam is working with Reclaim Hosting to improve Emerson’s version of A Domain of One’s Own, a program that provides a free web domain to all members of the Emerson community.

“This job has been quite rewarding, and I wouldn’t have been able to attain it without the experiences and trainings I received during the DH Certificate program. Knowing how to build a domain, how to work with various Content Management Systems, and how to use video in pedagogy have been major professional advantages. The DH program, the related videography work that Dr. Anderson and I did around it, and my work for the Studio for Instructional Technology (which gave me insight into the DH program’s logistics) were undoubtedly the most valuable aspects of my education at UNC, since they led directly to a satisfying career path I would otherwise have lacked. Part of what made this track so fulfilling was Dr. Anderson’s willingness to explore both my creative and academic interests without forcing them into separate spheres. As a field with many trails yet to be blazed, digital humanities is much more fun and useful when students can determine their own direction.”

Below is a sample of Adam’s video work.

Explore more of his video work and e-literature (mentored by Dr. Dan Anderson) by following the links.

 

Heather Suzanne Woods

Heather Suzanne Woods is now Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Technology in the Department of Communication Studies at Kansas State University. She is interested in the ways that people use new media environments to organize and act together politically. Her most recent project investigates the rhetorics surrounding and used by artificially intelligent objects.

Heather’s research interests are at the intersections of Rhetoric and Media and Technology Studies. She researches how people use digital tools to formulate and organize acts of resistance and dissent in the digital sphere. She also considers the affordances and limitations of algorithmic judgment and hashtag usage as they affect online communities of dissent. In addition to both regional and national conference participation, Heather’s research has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, and Teaching Media Quarterly.

While working with the CDHI, Woods coordinated digital media for Feminisms Here and Now: Communicating Alongside | Across | Against, a conference on 21st century feminism and its critical and intervening roles in a range of social, cultural, and political issues. She also collaborated on “Teaching with Technology in Interactive Lecture Spaces: The Case of Greenlaw 101:” a multi-modal multimedia research project which employed a mixed-method approach including classroom observations and interviews with instructors, the project explored the pedagogical and logistical benefits and constraints of teaching in interactive, experimental lecture halls and offers best practices for instructors who find themselves in such environments. A podcast produced from this project can be heard here (via Soundcloud).

Heather is a UNC Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Fellow, a K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Scholar, a UNC Center for Faculty Excellence Fellow, and the Outreach and Assessment Coordinator of Project Vox, an effort to represent and promote the contribution of women to the modern Western philosophical canon.

Fall 2017 Course Listings

Fal 2017 Course Listings


University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

AMST 671 (Cross-listed: HIST 671): Introduction to Public History
Whisnant, 3 credits, M 3:35-6:05 pm, Hamilton 150
Introduces the theory, politics, and practice of historical work conducted in public venues (museums, historic sites, national parks, government agencies, archives), directed at public audiences, or addressed to public issues.

ANTH 419-001: Anthropological Application of GIS
West, 3 credits, TuTh 2:00 pm-3:15 pm, Carolina Hall 322
Permission of the instructor. GIS experience required. This course explores applying GIS science technologies to anthropological problems. Students will learn GIS skills and apply them using spatial data.

BMME 775-001(Cross-listed: COMP 775): Image Processing & Analysis
Niethammer, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30am-10:45am, Fred Brooks Hall, F007
Prerequisites, COMP 665, MATH 547, and STOR 435. Approaches to analysis of digital images. Scale geometry, statistical pattern recognition, optimization. Segmentation, registration, shape analysis. Applications, software tools.Considerable prior experience in programming and mathematics is absolutely necessary for success in grad-level Computer Science courses.
Instructor permission required

COMM 453: The History of New Media Technology in Everyday Life
Palm, 3 Credits, TuTh 2:00 pm-3:15 pm, Bingham 101
Prerequisite, COMM 140. The starting point for this course, chronologically and conceptually, is the emergence of popular media technology. Our purview includes transformative innovations in mediated communication, such as telephony and e-mail, alongside familiar media technologies such as televisions and computers.

COMM 635: Documentary Production
Haslett, 3 Credits, TuTh 12:30pm-1:45pm, Swain 106A
Prerequisite, COMM 230. A workshop in the production of video and/or film nonfiction or documentary projects. The course will focus on narrative, representational, and aesthetic strategies of documentary production.

COMM 638-001: Game Design
Rudinsky, 3 credits, TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm, Swain Hall 101A
Prerequisite, COMM 150. Permission of the instructor for non-majors. Studio course that explores gaming critically and aesthetically. Practice in game design and production including three-dimensional worlds and scripting.

COMM 654-001: Motion Graphics, Special Effects, and Compositing
Rankus, 3 Credits, MW 9:05 am-11:00 am, Swain Hall 200A
Prerequisites, COMM 130 or COMM 150 with a C or better, Department Consent Required. In this course course students will learn a wide range of post-production techniques for video projects, using primarily After Effects (and Photoshop to a lesser extent). Topics explored include: Compositing, that is to say the integration and collage-ing of multiple video/film/still/text layers. Motion Graphics deals with the movement through 2D and 3D screen space of these layers, and Visual Effects will consider the myriad ways one can distort, color manipulate, and modify these layers, or create such phenomena as clouds, fire, etc. Besides creating projects using these techniques, we will also screen and analyze how this form of image manipulation is used in television and motion pictures.
COMM 856: Seminar in Communication Technology: Computation and Culture
Thomas, 3 credits, Tu 6:30 pm-9:20 pm, Bingham 217
Prerequisite, COMM 700. Examines new communication technologies, their spatial and social diffusion, and how these relate to theories of culture, politics, and technology and the real-world contexts in which technologies are received. May be repeated.

COMP 410: Data Structures
Stotts, 3 Credits, MW 3:35 pm-4:50 pm, Genome Sciences Bldg G100
Prerequisite, COMP 401. The analysis of data structures and their associated algorithms. Abstract data types, lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. Sorting, searching, hashing.

COMP 411: Computer Organization
Singh, 3 Credits, MWF 11:15am-12:30 pm, Sitterson Hall 0014
McMillan, 3 Credits, MWF 9:05am-10:20 am, Sitterson Hall 0014
Prerequisite, COMP 401. Digital logic, circuit components. Data representation, computer architecture and implementation, assembly language programming.

COMP 426: Modern Web Programming
Mayer-Petal, 3 credits, TuTh 3:30pm-4:45pm, Hanes Art Center 121
Prerequisites, COMP 401 and 410. Developing applications for the World Wide Web including both client-side and server-side programming. Emphasis on Model-View-Controller architecture, AJAX, RESTful Web services, and database interaction.

COMP 775-001(Cross-listed: BMME 775): Image Processing & Analysis
Niethammer, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30am-10:45am, Fred Brooks Hall, F007
Prerequisites, COMP 665, MATH 547, and STOR 435. Approaches to analysis of digital images. Scale geometry, statistical pattern recognition, optimization. Segmentation, registration, shape analysis. Applications, software tools.Considerable prior experience in programming and mathematics is absolutely necessary for success in grad-level Computer Science courses.
Instructor permission required

GEOG 491: Introduction to GIS
Nazario, 3 credits, TuTh 2:00 pm-3:15 pm, Carolina Hall 0220
Nazario/Giefer, 3 credits, M 2:30 pm-3:20 pm, Carolina Hall 0322
Nazario/Giefer, 3 credits, W 3:35 pm-4:25 pm, Carolina Hall 0322
Nazario/Giefer, 3 credits, F 1:25 pm-2:15 pm, Carolina Hall 0322
Prerequisite, GEOG 370. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Stresses the spatial analysis and modeling capabilities of organizing data within a geographic information system. (GISci)

GEOG 592-001: Geographic Information Science Programming
Liang, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30 am-10:45 am, Carolina Hall 322
Prerequisite, GEOG 370 or 491. This course will teach students the elements of GISci software development using major GIS platforms. Students will modularly build a series of applications through the term, culminating in an integrated GIS applications program.

HIST 671 (Cross-listed: AMST 671): Introduction to Public History
Whisnant, 3 credits, M 3:35 pm-6:05 pm, Hamilton 150
Introduces the theory, politics, and practice of historical work conducted in public venues (museums, historic sites, national parks, government agencies, archives), directed at public audiences, or addressed to public issues.

INLS 509: Information Retrieval
Arguello, 3 credits, MW 12:20 pm-1:35 pm, Manning 0001
Study of information retrieval and question answering techniques, including document classification, retrieval and evaluation techniques, handling of large data collections, and the use of feedback.

INLS 520: Organization of Information
Losee, 3 credits, MW 8 am-9:15 am, Manning 0014
Feinberg, 3 credits, TuTh 12:30 pm-1:45 pm, Manning 208
Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemata, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.

INLS 523: Intro to Database Concepts & Applications
Capra, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30am-10:45 am, Manning 0001
Yu, 3 credits, M 6:00pm-8:45pm, Manning 0117
Pre- or corequisite, INLS 161 or 461. Design and implementation of basic database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, indexing, and query construction, SQL.

INLS 525: Electronic Records Management
Anderson, 3 credits, M 6:00 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 0001
Explores relationships between new information and communication technologies and organizational efforts to define, identify, control, manage, and preserve records. Considers the importance of organizational, institutional and technological factors in determining appropriate recordkeeping strategies.

INLS 534: Youth and Technology in Libraries
Hughes-Hassell, 3 credits, F 9:00 am-11:45 am, Manning 303
This course encourages students to explore the array of technologies available to children and adolescents, the issues surrounding the use of technology, the role of care givers, and potential impacts on development.

INLS 550: History of the Book and Other Information Formats
Post, 3 credits, M 6 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 0014
The history of the origin and envelopment of the book in all its formats: clay tablets to electronic. Coverage includes scientific and other scholarly publications, religious works, popular literature, periodicals, and newspapers.

INLS 560: Programming for Information Professionals
Boone, 3 credits, TuTh 11:00 am-12:15 pm, Manning 117
Kim, 3 credits, MW 10:10 am-11:25 pm, Manning 117
Introduction to programming and computational concepts. Students will learn to write programs using constructs such as iteration, flow control, variables, functions, and error handling. No programming experience required.

INLS 582: Systems Analysis
Gotz, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30 am-10:45 am, Manning 208
Ndoh, 3 credits, M 6 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 307
Mazur, 3 credits, MW 12:20 pm-1:35 pm, Manning 307
Introduction to the systems approach to the design and development of information systems. Methods and tools for the analysis and modeling of system functionality (e.g., structured analysis) and data represented in the system (e.g., object oriented analysis) are studied. Undergraduates are encouraged to take INLS 382 instead of this course.

INLS 613: Text Mining
Arguello, 3 credits, MW 1:50 pm-3:05pm, Manning 0001
This course will allow the student to develop a general understanding of knowledge discovery and gain a specific understanding of text mining. Students will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of text mining and develop a proficiency with data modeling text. Offered annually.

INLS 620: Web Information Organization
Shaw, 3 credits, TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm, Manning 0014
Prerequisites, INLS 520 or 560. Similar programming background needed. Understand the Web as a platform for information organization systems. Learn how the Web has been designed to be a service platform, data publishing platform, and application platform.

INLS 623: Database Systems II: Intermediate Databases
Carter, 3 credits, Th 5:15 pm-8:00 pm, Manning 0001
Prerequisites, INLS 382 or 582, and 523. Intermediate-level design and implementation of database systems, building on topics studied in INLS 523. Additional topics include MySQL, indexing, XML, and non-text databases.

INLS 690-249: Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues in Archives *
Anthony, 1.5 Credits, TuTh 11:00 am-12:15 pm, Manning 0001
In an increasingly digital world in which researchers expect to find primary source material available to them online, many archivists are concerned about violating intellectual property rights. If I digitize this document and publish it online am I infringing on someone’s copyright? Is social media in the public domain? Does anyone own a Tweet? This course will cover intellectual property rights laws, how these effect the use of materials in archives and the best practices archivists have developed to deal with these issues.

INLS 690-189: Big Data, Algorithms, and Society
Tufekci, 3 credits, M 12:20 pm-3:05 pm, Manning 0014

INLS 700: Scholarly Communication
Hemminger, 3 credits,TuTh 11:00 am-12:15 pm, Manning 303
Addresses how scholarship is communicated, shared, and stored. Includes scholars approach to academic work; social relationships within academia; external stakekholders in the scholarly communication system; and emerging technologies’ impact upon work practices. Topics covered include academic libraries and presses, publishing, serials crisis, open access, peer review and bibliometrics. Offered in the fall

INLS 720-01W: Metadata
Feinberg, 3 credits, Online
Examines metadata in the digital environment. Emphasizes the development and implementation of metadata schemas in distinct information communities and the standards and technological applications used to create machine understandable metadata. Explores the limits of metadata standards and critically examines the inevitable role of interpretive diversity for information systems. Our semester-long project will engage the challenge of designing and implementing standards and guidelines for interoperable metadata while acknowledging the messy reality of interpretive diversity.

INLS 752: Digital Preservation and Access
Tibbo, 3 credits, Tu 2:00 pm-4:45 pm, Manning 208
Focuses on best practices for the creation, provision, and long-term preservation of digital entities. Topics include digitization technologies; standards and quality control; digital asset management; grant writing; and metadata.

MEJO 551: Digital Media Economics and Behavior
Abernathy, 3 credits, TuTh 12:30 pm-1:45 pm, Carroll 283
The course will focus on the changing economics affecting 21st-century news organizations and the economic drivers of other content providers such as music companies, the film industry, online aggregators, and commerce sites for lessons that can be applied across industry segments.

MEJO 581: Multimedia Design
Ruel, 3 credits, TuTh 11:00am-12:45 pm, Carroll 0059
Prerequisite, MEJO 187. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Theory and practice of multimedia design with an emphasis on usability, design theory, and evaluative methodologies, including focus groups, survey research, eye-track testing, and search engine optimization.

MEJO 582: Multimedia Narratives
Staff, 3 credits, TBA, TBA
Prerequisites, MEJO 180 or 187, and 221. Permission of the school. Students learn how to gather audio and video content, editing and storytelling techniques, and how to publish these media onto a variety of multimedia platforms.

MEJO 585: 3D Design Studio
Barnes, 3 credits, TuTh 9:00 am-10:45 am, Carroll  0060
Prerequisites, MEJO 187 and 182. Permission of the instructor. The use of 3D design and animation to create visual explanations.

MEJO 721-966: Usability and Multimedia
Ruel, TBA
Introduces students to five basic areas of multimedia design and develops expertise in each. By examining the latest eye-tracking research and usability testing, students will assess the practical application of many concepts. Through critiques and original storyboards, students will work to expertly integrate all this knowledge into well-designed packages.

MEJO 782-001: Multimedia Storytelling
Ruel, 3 credits, TuTh 3:30pm-5:15pm; Carroll 0060
Theories and practices of multimedia content creation. Students gain critical understanding of various multimedia presentation methods. Hands-on experience with audio/video collection/editing.

 

 


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