HUM 3930: Honors Research Seminar
Spring 2009 Course Syllabus


Class Details

Meeting: Tuesdays & Thursdays Room: DIF 230
Time: 15.35-16.50
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Instructor: David L. Gants Office: Williams 316
Telephone: 850.644.4230 E-mail: dgants(at)fsu

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10.00-11.30

Course Overview

Description: As the Internet has expanded the number and variety of resources available to the scholarly researcher, so too has the power and sophistication of tools designed to manipulate those resources grown. This seminar's goal is to introduce undergraduates to the most popular applications currently in use and to train those students in their application to common research problems.

The seminar syllabus will focus on two distinct threads:

Coursework will culminate in a capstone project of each student's choosing that brings together the traditional and digital skills developed over the semester. By the end of the class, students should be able to assist FSU faculty in the development of diverse projects in the Arts and Humanities. Although computer expertise is not a prerequisite, participants should be familiar with either the Windows or Macintosh operating systems and possess their own laptop computers.

Communication. The Florida State e-mail system has an extremely high security setting, and as a result messages sometimes disappear. To prevent misunderstandings or lost information, all discussions regarding the class, assignments, or other concerns should take place in person. Use e-mail only to set up a time to talk with me in my office.

Course Requirements:

All readings and exercises are due on the date they appear on the course schedule. All work will be completed on-line.

Primary Resources: This course has two required texts and one software package:

All other readings will be from on-line sources whenever possible, although there may be occasional photocopied journal articles at the Library Reserve Desk.

Course Policies:


Class Schedule

—— Week 1: 6/8 January ——
Tuesday Thursday
Introduction to research component Introduction to computer component
—— Week 2: 13/15 January ——
Tuesday Thursday
Reading: Craft, Chapts. 1-2 Topic: OS and Networking Basics
Reading: UNIX Tutorial for Beginners
Reading: Pico Editor Quick Reference
—— Week 3: 20/22 January ——
Tuesday Thursday
Reading: Craft, Chapts. 3-4 No Class
Reading: oXygen Documentation
—— Week 4: 27/29 January ——
Tuesday Thursday
Reading: Craft, Chapts. 5-6 Topic: Mark-up Basics—HTML
Reading: W3C, HTML Tutorial
Resource: Web Design Group, Entities List
Resource: W3C, Web Safe Colors Map
Resource: Windows FTP Client FileZilla
Resource: Mac FTP Client CyberDuck
—— Week 5: 3/5 February ——
Tuesday Thursday
Reading: Craft, Chapts. 7-8
Assignment: Annotated bibliography of print resources
Topic: Mark-up Basics: XHTML
Reading: Chapter 21, XML Bible
Reading: W3Schools, XHTML Tutorial
Reading: Miloslav Nic, XHTML Basic Reference
—— Week 6: 10/12 February ——
Tuesday Thursday
Assignment: Two-minute peer evaluation Topic: CSS
Reading: Chapters 12-14, XML Bible
Reading: Miloslav Nic, CSS1 Tutorial
Reading: Miloslav Nic, CSS1 Reference
Helpsheet: Brief Overview of CSS1
Resource: Sample Web page & Image
—— Week 7: 17/19 February ——
Tuesday Thursday
Reading: Craft, Chapts. 9-10 Topic: CSS Continued—Design
Resource: css Zen Garden
—— Week 8: 24/26 February ——
Tuesday Thursday
Reading: Craft, Chapts. 11-12
Assignment: Annotated bibliography of on-line resources
Topic: XML Basics
Reading: Chapters 1-4, XML Bible
Resource: Intro to XML (Powerpoint)
Sample Text: Text File
Sample Text: Page 1 Image (small)
Sample Text: Page 1 Image (large)
Sample Text: Page 2 Image (small)
Sample Text: Page 2 Image (large)
—— Week 9: 3/5 March ——
Tuesday Thursday
Assignment: Two-minute peer evaluation Topic: XML & DTDs
Resource: Intro to DTDs (Powerpoint)
Reading: Chapter 7-9, XML Bible
Reference: DTD Key Points
—— Mid-Term Essay: Due by 17.00 on 6 March ——

—— Spring Break ——

—— Week 10: 17/19 March ——
Tuesday Thursday
Reading: Craft, Chapts. 13-14
Assignment: One-page project proposal
Topic: XML & DTDs Continued
—— Week 11: 24/26 March ——
Tuesday Thursday
Assignment: Two-minute proposal presentation Topic: Image Maps
Resource: w3c Schools, <map> tag
Resource: Sample Text
—— Week 12: 31 March/2 April ——
Tuesday Thursday
Reading: Craft, Chapts. 15-16 Topic: XML: The Text Encoding Initiative
Resource: The Text Encoding Initiative
Resource: TEI Lite
Resource: TEI Lite Template
—— Week 13: 7/9 April ——
Tuesday Thursday
Reading: Craft, Chapt. 17 Topic: TEI Continued
Exercise: Drama
Exercise: Verse
Exercise: Prose
—— Week 14: 14/16 April ——
Tuesday Thursday
Buffer Day Buffer Day
—— Week 15: 21/23 April ——
Tuesday Thursday
Assignment: Capstone projects due by beginning of class
Assignment: Presentation of Capstone Projects
Assignment: Presentation of Capstone Projects
—— Final Exam Period: Peer Evaluations Due by 19.30 on 28 April ——