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Module

SEL8543 : Manuscript, Print, Digital

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ruth Connolly
  • Demonstrator: Dr Adam Mearns
  • Lecturer: Dr Aditi Nafde
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This skills-based module will introduce students to the principles of textual editing for print and digital platforms. It will draw on archival resources and take a practical approach to teaching students with the knowledge and skills they need to work effectively with and to edit these sources. Students will also be trained more broadly in the skills, technologies, theories and methods of scholarly editing. Students will critically assess existing editions, learn how to describe, transcribe and annotate a text of their choice and then use the open international encoding standard TEI P5 XML to encode that text.

Outline Of Syllabus

The core of the module is the transcription and annotation of a manuscript of culinary, medical and cosmetic recipes created in Northumberland in the late seventeenth century. The transcriptions are then encoded and added to the digital edition of this manuscript which has been co-created by successive cohorts of students. The MS is of considerable value for social and medical history, the history of women’s domestic labour and for studies of early modern English in the North-East.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion163:0063:00Preparation, proofing and completion of assignments.
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities51:005:00Directed work focussed on practising core module skills.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading144:0044:00Set reading for workshops and small-group sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Synchronous online; small-group teaching.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities121:0012:00Non-synchronous activities and tasks preparatory to small group teaching.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice130:0030:00Self-directed practice of module skills.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops51:005:00Synchronous online; coding workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00To address specific coding or transcription queries.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study128:0028:00General reading and revision.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online; introduction to module.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is a module with a strong element of skills acquisition so our methods of teaching and learning are orientated to practical application. Small-group teaching focuses on transmitting the skills of transcription, annotation and text-encoding. That teaching is scaffolded by set reading and preparatory tasks for each session. The TEI pathway is supported by workshops and by academic skills practice. Drop-ins are used to address specific issues individual students encounter in their personal tasks and assignments. The amount of time allotted to self-directed practice takes into account that students are acquiring new skills in palaeography and coding.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2A50See assessment rationale for more information
Portfolio2A50See assessment rationale
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2Mpractice transcription work for comment and feedback.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

All students will transcribe and annotate an assigned portion of the manuscript (Design/Creative Project 1). This accounts for 50% of the marks available and tests the acquisition of core module skills and knowledge. The formative assessment allows an opportunity to support each student in developing their transcription and annotation skills.


The second part of the assessment (50% of the marks available) offers two pathways, one for PGT and one for UG students.

PGT students will encode their transcription in TEI-XML (in accordance with the protocols established by previous cohorts)and write a portion of the edition's introduction to a limit of 1250 words.

UG students may choose: 1) to encode their transcription in TEI-XML and write a 1250 word commentary. This will unpack the rationale for their coding decisions and outline the implications for the online presentation of the MS.
OR       2) write 3-5 blogposts on aspects of the manuscript’s contents and/or topics relevant to the manuscript and its study to be hosted on the edition website to a maximum of 2500 words
OR 3)compose their own question for a 2500 word essay on any topic relevant to the manuscript and its study.

Reading Lists

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