Module Identifier IL10920  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mr Michael Lowe  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr Timothy Gillison, Mr Alan Wheatley  
Course delivery Lecture   12 Hours 12 one hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 Hours 3 one hour seminars  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours Two hour written examination.   50%  
  Assignment   1 written assignment.   50%  
Further details  

Brief description
The module introduces the principles and practical skills needed to exploit information held on databses available to UWA students via the libraries and the Internet, local and remote databases, and CD-ROMS. Topics include searching databases, and aspects of their design and construction.

Effective retrieval of stored information is key to success in study, work, and life in general. As the number and availability of sources increases, so should our ability to find relevant documents and the information we need within them.

The module aims to create critical and effective users of everyday information retrieval systems; to provide the undergraduate and future member of any profession with transferable information gathering skills

This is achieved through a combination of theory and practice. Fundamental information retrieval problems and solutions are considered, and the way they apply to familiar types of document, and retrieval system. An understanding of the principles is converted into practical skills in searching databases, indexes, catalogues and networked resources such as the World Wide Web.

For students going on to pursue DILS degree schemes, the module is designed as a foundation for Part 2 information retrieval studies.

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