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.

Structure

Week 1 (Tuesday, 20 September 2016)
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, 4 October 2016) *Note Change of Date for this week
3D Recording I: 3D and Hyperspectral Scanning (theory, development of the field, applications in cultural heritage, and lab practical)

Week 3 (Monday, 10 October 2016) *Note Change of Date for this week
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
(Assessment: Reflective blog post on the reading due Sunday 16th October)

Week 4 (Tuesday, 11 October 2016)
3D Recording III: Photogrammetry and Structure from Motion (theory, development of the field, applications in cultural heritage, and lab practical)
(Assessment: Responses to last week’s blog posts due Sunday 23rd October)

Week 5 (Tuesday, 18 October 2016)
3D Recording IV: Photogrammetry and Structure from Motion (Lab practical)
Group Discussion on “Should Museums be recreating the Past” by Mark Sinclair &
Challenging Heritage Visualisation: Beauty, Aura and Democratisation” by Stuart Jeffrey
(Assessment: Reflective blog post on the readings due Wednesday 26th October)

Week 6 (Tuesday, 25 October 2016)
In-class practical exercise (assessed) on 3D scanning and Photogrammetry
(Assessment: Responses to last week’s blog posts due Sunday 30th October)

Study Week (31 October-4 November 2016)

Week 7 (Tuesday, 8 November 2016)
Maynooth Science Museum – 3D Recording project
(*more than one visits might be required and it might not be during normal lecture hours)

Week 8 
(Tuesday, 15 November 2015)
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, 22 November 2016)
3D Recording VI: Polynomial Texture Mapping and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (Lab practical)
(Assessment: Short Presentations due)

Week 10 (Tuesday, 29 November 2016)
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

Recap Weeks 1-9; Practical Assignment Q & A; Lab Practical
(Assessment: Reflective blog post on the reading due Sunday 4th December)

Week 11 (Tuesday, 6 December 2016)
In-class practical exercise (assessed) on Relflectance Transformation Imaging
(Assessment: Responses to last week’s blog posts due Sunday 11th December)

Week 12 (Tuesday, 13 December 2016)
In-class Presentations of Group Project, Discussion, and Feedback Forms