Information exists in any action, function or process. We now live in the age when sharing information by means of technology has become an integral part of our lives. The amount of available information is vast and is constantly increasing. Therefore, ability to find and process the right content is vital. In this light, understanding the technology involved in information storage, search and transfer is one of the key factors, which determine success of any venture. This course attempts to bridge the gap between natural sciences and humanities and is designed to provide students with principles behind science communication.
Hours of lecture
Hours of discussion
Hours of independent study
Total numbers of hours
Please note that the time spent on independent study exceeds hours of lecture and discussion.
The course will cover the following topics:
Introduction to Information Theory
concepts of information theory
methods of measuring information
requirements for information transfer
introduction to wave theory
relationship between light and sound waves
introduction to control theory
language as a function of control
Computer Systems and the Internet
history of computer science
general operation principles
introduction to networking
Data Bases, Search Engines and Electronic Libraries
introduction to archiving
databases in linguistics
Research Articles in Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences
types of academic texts
adapting to a target audience
Academic Writing in the Digital Age
optimizing virtual visibility
MacKay, D. (2014). Information Theory, Inference and Learning Algorithms. Cambridge University Press.
Zanders, Edward (2010). Presentation Skills for Scientists. Cambridge University Press.
Kong, Kenneth (2014). Professional Discourse. Cambridge University Press.
Lidovsky, V.V. (2004). Teorija informatsii. Moscow: Sputnik (in Russian).
Kedrova, G.E. (2003). Lingvisticheskaya baza dannykh kak osnova obuchajushchej sredy. Moscow: Moscow University Press (in Russian).
Gunther, L. (2011). The Physics of Music and Color. Springer.