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AT5050: MUSEUMS AND THE DIGITAL WORLD (2023-2024)

Last modified: 27 Oct 2023 12:16


Course Overview

Given the expanding use of the Internet and new media forms, museums are re-evaluating their relationships with their audiences as well as their relationships with collections. This course introduces students to a wide range of digital technologies as they relate to museums e.g., online exhibitions, smart phone apps, and 3D imagery. Students will examine the impact and consequences of using digital approaches, and the implications for museums and their users of these rapidly changing technologies.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Jennifer Walklate

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

Given the expanding use of the Internet and new media forms, museums are re-evaluating their relationships with their audiences as well as their relationships with collections. This course introduces students to a wide range of digital technologies as they relate to museums e.g., online exhibitions, smart phone apps, and 3D imagery. Students will examine the impact and consequences of using digital approaches, and the implications for museums and their users of these rapidly changing technologies.  They will also consider the ways in which new technologies are enhancing curatorial practices, such as data management.

 

Drawing on a wide range of case studies, from gaming to Virtual Reality, students will consider issues such as the impact of advances in digital technologies on questions of access to collections, of ownership of objects and knowledge, and on the ways in which we communicate.  In a world in which museums have expanded from being physical places to online, distributed, cultural spaces what role do digital objects have in how we tell stories? In this digitized world, where the boundaries between the real and the digital are fluid, what place is there for objects?

 

Teaching will involve a blend of seminars, website and other digital technologies work. When possible, some teaching will be provided via guest speakers specializing in digital media.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Case Study Report

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Learning Outcomes
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Oral Presentation: Group

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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

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Feedback Written feedback will be provided using the standard mark sheet.
Learning Outcomes
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDrawing on relevant literature, students will understand how museums communicate and interact with their audiences through digital means.
ProceduralCreateStudents should be able demonstrate evidence of independent research.
FactualUnderstandStudents will demonstrate an awareness of the variety of digital technologies available to be used by museums.
ConceptualCreateStudents will demonstrate an ability to prepare material for leading and participating in seminar discussions.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to critically evaluate museum Web sites and other digital media used by museums.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will be able to discuss critically, in written and verbal form, current issues and applications of technology in museums.

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