Syllabus for DHM-710



Geographic information system (GIS) technology offers a means for understanding how human beings inhabit and construct identities across time and space. Mapping Time, Space, and Identity explores how practitioners in the field of digital humanities deploy GIS tools to capture, analyze, and present data that illuminates how humans understand and create location in relation to selfhood. Students analyze scholarship based on nonlinear models of historical change, models that can be expressed in the spatial logics of trees, graphs, and maps. Considering such models of analysis, students will implement GIS and visualization technologies to conduct and support their investigations. Students will emerge from the course with a better understanding of how GIS mapping tools can be applied to the study of the humanities as well as in personal narrative.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Examine the relevance of GIS technologies to conducting research in digital humanities.

CO2        Appraise the application of visualization tools for mapping data to enriching knowledge about time, space, and identity.

CO3        Explore critical perspectives used to illuminate human relationships in regard to selfhood, temporality, and location

CO4        Assess narratives of time and place using theories and methods of GIS technologies.

CO5        Synthesize data gathered from the application of visualization tools.

CO6        Create a focused project using GIS technologies that illustrates the intersection of time, space, and identity.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN: 978-0253015600

ISBN: 978-1844671854


Mapping Time, Space, and Identity is a three-credit, online course consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to an ungraded Introductions Forum, you are required to participate in six graded online class discussions.

Communication with your mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online class discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses.

All of these responses must be substantial. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate or your mentor, state and support your position.

You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information to support your point of view, and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions: responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, mature, and respectful.

Wiki Activities

Two class wikis have been set up in this course for you to collaborate with other classmates. A wiki enables you to collaborate with other classmates by adding content to shared pages and responding to others using the comments feature at the bottom of each page. In essence, a wiki allows you to discuss, share, critique, and collaborate among group members. This is the online space for you to demonstrate your team work together. Everyone is required to add to the wiki and should feel free to amend the work of others, as appropriate. Visit the following link for assistance: Using a Wiki in Moodle

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Blog Entries

You are required to complete four blog entries. Blogging is a significant means by which people communicate about particular issues, establish credibility, and construct online identities. These blog entries provide you the opportunity to practice and refine your blogging skills and offer another platform to engage in the discussion of course topics. Everyone is encouraged to read their classmates’ blog entries and comment on them.

Note: The blog in this course is a collection of individual blog entries. As such, you will receive one grade for all required blog entries at the end of the course. Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Essay Assignments

You will complete three essay assignments in Modules 1, 3, and 5. In these activities you will compose an essay of between 500 and 900 words (2 to 3 pages) on a topic. Your essay should be well organized and should answer the questions fully, and it should display proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. All references should be in APA style.

Response Papers

You will also complete three response papers in Modules 1, 2, and 4. In these activities you will respond to a prompt with a somewhat longer composition of between 750 and 1200 words (3 to 4 pages). Your paper should be well organized and coherent and should answer the questions fully, and it should display proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. All references should be in APA style. 

Final Project

Your final project will use GIS technology to illustrate the intersection of time, space, and personal identity. Your focus will be on the construction of a personal narrative/deep map across space and time.

The project comprises three separate sections:

  1. A map created with Prezi or Omeka/Neatline and an explanation of why that software was selected.
  2. An annotated bibliography that includes at least 10 references in which you identify how your map was informed by theories and practices of deep mapping.
  3. A reflection on how your map deploys principles of narrative GIS to tell your story.

Consult the Final Project area of course site for a full description of the final project and consult the Course Calendar for the due date.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:


















Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include: