ATS3931 - Making digital history - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Professor Alistair Thomson

Not offered in 2017


How do we make the past into history? In this unit you will learn to think and work like a professional historian. You'll research a topic from your own family history, from resources provided by Museum Victoria (MV), or from a previous unit. You'll do oral history interviews and research photos, objects, documents and other sources. You'll storyboard and script your own history video. In the final month we will work together in computer labs as each student produces their digital video, which will be placed on a Making History website and then showcased at a Museum event for students, family and friends. See previous student work at


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate research projects and acquire independent research skills.
  2. Evaluate a variety of primary historical sources, and approaches and issues in their use in the production of a historical argument.
  3. Place secondary sources in their cultural, ideological and intellectual context by showing where they fit into the current state of historical knowledge.
  4. Critique ongoing debates about the philosophy and practice of history.
  5. Utilise online digital history resources.
  6. Produce a digital history video reflecting a critical awareness of production approaches and issues.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.