Postgraduate taught 

Information Management & Preservation MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Document Encoding INFOST5011

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills to analyse, understand and encode a variety of texts in electronic format. It will seek to develop these skills by encouraging an intimate understanding of the nature of different texts, an appreciation of their uses, and approaches to encoding them in electronic form.


1x2hr lecture; 1x1hr practical lab per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in DMIS and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Text Criteria - 40%

Report - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ provide a grounding in the principles and best practice of electronic text encoding.

■ provide an appreciation of the different types of text encoding

■ examine of text encoding methods.

■ emphasise the critical ability to assess the potential for both use and misuse of electronic text encoding in the humanities.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Ability to analyse a variety of texts and identify their principal structural elements and character features.

■ Ability to identify the likely research questions which are most pertinent to ask of a text and evaluate whether these can be answered by using text encoding

■ Understand the ability to distinguish between the main types of text encoding.

■ Appreciation of the theory and development of the main forms of text encoding (SGML, XML, XHTML).

■ Ability to apply at least one encoding scheme to a high level of competence.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.