Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 Hours. 11 x 1 hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 6 Hours. 3 x 2 hours seminars
Practical 14 Hours. 7 x 2hrs sessions


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment: 1 written assignment.  60%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Two hour written examination.  40%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module a student should be able to:

  • Explain the reasons for information retrieval and retrieval systems, and identify the specific needs they might meet.
  • Explain in basic terms the implications for retrieving information of: the user'r needs, and knowledge about what is sought, the amount of information given in systems about documents and information within them, the style and structure of records, and the design of electronic and printed interfaces.
  • Explain reasons for the arrangements found in collections of documents; explain the role of library catalogues; make effective use of these systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the database in retrieving information, and the basic principles of databases. Design, construct and use a simple database for given document retrieval objectives.
  • Explain the problem of subject searching, and the alternative fundamental approaches taken by retrieval systems. Demonstrate effective subject searching in a variety of printed and electronic systems.
  • Develop and carry out effective search strategies in a variety of widely used information retrieval systems.

Brief description

The module introduces the principles and practical skills needed to retrieve information via everyday catalogues, indexes, databases, search engines etc. Topics include aspects of database design and construction, subject searching, free-text searching, searching printed indexes, document descriptions, and advanced searching.


This module is at CQFW Level 4