Lectures

Teaching methods
Lectures and supervised practical exercises are the main teaching methods of this module. However, classes will encourage active learning through discussion, group activities and critical thinking exercises. Students will be required to reflect on the main concepts discussed in the class, while presenting, discussing and analysing works and text extracts of theoreticians and practitioners in the field. In addition, small projects that require research, collaboration and synthesis will help students to develop their own research capabilities. Teaching methods also include supervised and unsupervised practical exercises, use of electronic tutorials, online learning resources, library resources, as well as preparation, and participation in short presentations of particular topics related to the module.

Work Load
Contact hours are in the form of a 1-2 hour session of teaching followed by a 1-2 hour long practical, hands-on experience of a particular tool or method, or a class discussion. Additional time will be available for both supervised and unsupervised practical study. Students are strongly advised to undertake private study and practice on the various technologies taught throughout the module by using the equipment available in the Imaging Lab.

Schedule

Week 1 (Tuesday, 19 September 2017)
Introduction. Presentation of the Module and Assessments. Digital Applications and 3D visualisation in Cultural Heritage (development of the field, debates and challenges)

Week 2 (Tuesday, 26 October 2017) 
3D Recording I: 3D and Hyperspectral Scanning (theory, development of the field, applications in cultural heritage, and lab practical)

Week 3 (Τuesday, 3 October 2017)
3D Recording II: 3D and Hyperspectral Scanning (Lab practical)
Group Discussion on “3D Scanning: A World without Copyright” by Michael Weinberg & “Possession is 99% of the Law: 3D Printing, Public Domain Cultural Artifacts and Copyright” by Charles Cronin (& a related article of students’ choice).

Week 4 (Tuesday, 10 October 2017)
3D Recording III: Photogrammetry and Structure from Motion (theory, development of the field, applications in cultural heritage, and lab practical)
(Assessment: Reflective blog post on last week’s readings due Tuesday 10th October)

Week 5 (Tuesday, 17 October 2017)
3D Recording IV: Photogrammetry and Structure from Motion (Lab practical)
Group Discussion on “Using Digitised Objects to Promote Critical Thinking and Engagement in Classrooms” by Butcher, Runburg, Hudson &
Challenging Heritage Visualisation: Beauty, Aura and Democratisation” by Stuart Jeffrey (& a related article of students’ choice).
(Assessment: Responses to last week’s blog posts due Tuesday 17th October)

Week 6 (Tuesday, 24 October 2017)
In-class practical exercise (assessed) on Digital Photography, 3D scanning, and Photogrammetry
(Assessment: Reflective blog post on last week’s readings due Tuesday 24th October)

Study Week (30 October-5 November 2017)

Week 7 (Tuesday, 7 November 2017)
Maynooth Russell Library 3D Recording Project
Visit 1 – Tuesday 7 November (All day)
Visit 2 – Friday 10 November 2017 (All day)
*Additional visits may be required
(Assessment: Responses to last week’s blog posts due Tuesday 7th November)

Week 8 (Tuesday, 14 November 2017)
3D Recording V: Polynomial Texture Mapping and Reflectance Transformation Imaging  (theory, development of the field, applications in cultural heritage, and lab practical)

Week 9 (Tuesday, 21 November 2017)
3D Recording VI: Polynomial Texture Mapping and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (Lab practical)

Week 10 (Tuesday, 28 November 2017)
Online Platforms for 3D Models – Design and Evaluation
Group Discussion on “A Manifesto for an Introspective Digital Archaeology” by Jeremy Huggett, “Digital Archeology Is Here (and Has Been for a While” by Andre Costopoulos & “Let’s Talk about Digital Archaeology” by Jeremy Huggett (& related article of students’ choice).

Week 11 (Tuesday, 5 December 2017)
Recap Weeks 1-10; Practical Assignment Q & A; Lab Practical
(Assessment: Reflective blog post on last week’s readings due Tuesday 5th December)

Week 12 (Tuesday, 12 December 2017)
In-class Presentations of Group Project, Discussion, and Feedback Forms
(Assessment: Responses to last week’s blog posts due Tuesday 12th December)