Objectives and Content
The course provides an introduction to communication on the Web, with an emphasis on using the Web to explain cultural topics. Students will recieve training in interpreting textual and visual communication on the web, and will develop knowledge of Web development and aesthetics. In addition they will get an introduction to information architecture, and become familiar with relevant network technologies and theories of usability. The course also provides an introduction to the technical aspects of Web design. The course covers the basics of Web development necessary to publish a site on the Web using HTML, CSS, images, multimedia. Along with developing technical competencies, students will get a theoretical foundation for making informed choices in presenting and explaining cultural phenomena to broader audiences.
The goal is to enable students to make critical analyses of communication tasks in the humanities in a Web context, and to use modern technology to communicate cultural knowledge on the Web.
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
The instruction will be in the form of lectures, seminars, group supervision, project work and individual exercises, and will take place over thirteen weeks. There are three-hour lectures and one exercise for two hours each week. Students working in groups will develop a website that explains a cultural phenomena. Topics and research question are selected by the students in consultation with the supervisor.
If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department´s guidelines regarding this on "My page". Regarding a course where this is a possibility the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semesterregistration 1.February/1.September.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
1) The student must have participated in at least 75 per cent of the course activities to receive a grade. The participation is assessed by the person with course responsibility.
2) The student must write a small assignment in the beginning of the semester which must be approved by the person with course responsibility.
3) When working with the individually coded web page and with the group project, academic supervision is mandatory. (See also ¿Assessment methods¿)
Compulsory requirements are only valid in semesters with teaching.
Semester of Instruction
Level of Study
Access to the Course
The course is open to all students with the right to study at UiB.
Place of Instruction
After taking the course the students should be able to:
- write a text analysis of a site and demonstrate knowledge of common website genres
- describe and compare different design, writing and organizational strategies for Web communcation
- write code and publish a simple website with XHTML, CSS and images. This site will have design, writing and organizational strategies that suit the content
- write a report describing the practical work with a collaboratively produced site and explains the choices that are made
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
About 1000 pages of assigned reading.
Forms of Assessment
This course has an examination in four parts with theoretical and practical assignments:
- One individually coded web page (25% of the final grade)
- An analysis of a web page (20% of the final grade)
- An extensive web page (group project, 40% of the final grade)
- An individual report about the work with the web page (15% of the final grade)
For the group project, a joint grade is given for each group, cf. § 6.2.5 in Forskrift om opptak, studier, vurdering og grader ved Universitetet i Bergen. The students themselves are responsible for a fair distribution of work within the group.
All of the parts of the examination must be completed in the semester of teaching. There will not be an exam in semesters without teaching.
Grade scale A-F.
Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.
Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.