Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Information Organisation and Retrieval
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Journal Article  3,000 words  75%
Semester Assessment Group work resulting in a report  2,000  25%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • discuss the structure and function of IR systems;
  • explain the role of index languages, indexing and searching in the retrieval process;
  • be prepared to proceed to the more specialized modules offered in Semester 2

Brief description

The development of this subject during the latter 19th and early 20th century was limited by the view that the problems to be solved were substantially those of the physical arrangement of books on library shelves. A classification scheme could achieve this, while a catalogue permitted other approaches to the stock. These methods continue to be used, but are now seen to be only part of the methods needed to retrieve information quickly and efficiently from libraries, databases and individual documents.

Your study of this subject will be taking into consideration three elements:

  • the body of traditional literature;
  • the vigorous development of information storage and retrieval since the 1950s, often with many competing theories and attitudes; and
  • the acknowledgement of the fact that the subject is not readily divisible into distinct topics; there is much inter-connection and overlap between the topics which this module presents to you in a week-by-week linear structure


This module is at CQFW Level 7