Workplace Learning (Theme: Webmaster, for “Manchuria, Literature and Culture, 1900+”) (HIST*3480) | College of Arts

Workplace Learning (Theme: Webmaster, for “Manchuria, Literature and Culture, 1900+”) (HIST*3480)

Code and section: HIST*3480*02

Term: Fall 2023


Credit Weight: 0.5 
Prerequisites: 7.50 credits including 1.50 History or equivalent credits 

Course Synopsis: 

This course is designed to increase your computer skills while further learning the importance of literature and culture to constructions of history. Your experiential learning opportunity will involve training to develop, coordinate, and enhance a website. Your work will make hard-to-find but highly useful documents more accessible for researchers now and in the future. In connecting this work experience to your academic discipline, you will write a series of short critical reflections and a research paper that includes an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of websites and their uses for historians. 

Method of Delivery: 

You will be conducting independent work and attending four scheduled class meetings throughout the semester (to be determined during the first week of class). 

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. The primary skill will be to learn how to create a professional and engaging website and to reflect on its uses for historians. 
  2. Honing of historical understandings of relationships between literature, culture, and history.
  3. Self-reflection on learning skills.
  4. Front-end development. The skills for this will be to establish proficiency in coding languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery; understanding server-side CSS; improving graphic design applications (e.g., Adobe Illustrator); and learning the principles of SEO;
  5. Back-end development. The skills here include the creation of a core database; mastering application program interfaces (APIs); and testing back-end processes so that the programs will run effectively;
  6. Communication skills – collaboration on website work and being as clear as possible about what is needed and why – and how to make changes.

5 Bi-weekly Critical Reflections: 20%    

Term Paper (12 pages): 30%

Timely completion of training: 20%

Contributions to the website: 30%

It is expected that work for this course will be 10 hours per week. 

Week 1 – Meeting with intructor; acquainting yourself with the website; start work with Campus Press – completing relevant work with Campus Press should be by Week 4. For weeks 1-4, it is expected that focus will be on computer training, 10 hours per week. 

Week 2 – 9.5 hours training; self-reflection on interactions with Campus Press, identifying any issues.

Week 3 – 9.5 hours training; continue Campus Press training. Meet with instructor (1/2 hour).

Week 4 – 9.5 hours training; self-reflection on completing computer training. 

Week 5 – Start work on the website. Identify term paper topic. From this week to week 9, it is expected that 3 hours per week will be devoted to research for term paper. 

Week 6 – 6 hours on website; self-reflection on applying skills. Meet with instructor (1/2 hour); 3 hours research.

Week 7 – Continue work – 7 hours on website, 3 hours research.

Week 8 – 6.5 hours on website; self-reflection; 3 hours research.

Week 9 – Continue work, 5 hours on website; half your time from week 9-11 will be spent on the term paper; 4.5 hours research. Meet with instructor (1/2 hour)

Week 10 – 4.5 hours on website; self-reflection, 5 hours research.

Week 11 – 5 hours to finish work on the website; 5 hours research.

Week 12 – 10 hours to finish the term paper.

Please note: This is a preliminary web course description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.