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Advanced Computer Methods for Historians - 10 credits (HST818)

A theory and practical module in which participants learn about, and gain practical skills in, the use of advanced computer methods in Historical research. The course builds on participants’ existing knowledge of the use of quantitative methods providing them with the techniques required to successfully use advanced computer methods to support research. Students will learn the advanced principles behind the use of spreadsheets, databases, multivariate statistics and spatial analyses software and gain skills in the use of computer applications pertinent to each. It is designed to equip students with a range of advanced computer knowledge and skills to enable them to engage critically with a wide range of quantitative history and to employ quantitative methods in their own research. The course assumes participants have a good command of quantitative and statistical methods in history and are familiar with the basic use of spreadsheets and databases.