Module Identifier DS31620  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Allen E Foster  
Semester Available all semesters  
Course delivery Lecture   2 Hours One introductory lecture/seminar of 2 hours provided at study school, the remainder to be taught entirely through distance learning materials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay of 2,500 words - weighted 50%.   
Semester Assessment Report of 2,500 words - weighted 50%.   

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Brief description

Effective Information Retrieval is at the heart of the ?information society?. Beginning with the student?s experience of Internet search engines and library OPACs the course progresses through the surface level user experience through successive layers into the underlying tools and principles of IR systems. Students will develop a working knowledge of the principles of information retrieval in the information age and generate a view of how information retrieval will develop in the future.


The course will address a range of content linked to the learning outcomes. Primarily content will revolve around

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
Burke, Mary A (1999) Organization of multimedia resources: principles and practice of information retrieval Aldershot: Gower
Foskett, A C (1996) The subject approach to information 5th. London: Library Association
Gredley, Ellen and Alan Hopkinson (1990) Exchanging bibliographic data: MARC and other international formats London: Library Association
Large, Andrew, Lucy A. Tedd, and R. J. Hartley (1999) Information seeking in the online age: principles and practice London: Bowker?Saur
Nielsen. Jakob (2000) Designing Web usability New York: New riders
Rowley, Jennifer and John Farrow (2000) Organizing knowledge: an introduction to managing access to information 3rd. Aldershot: Gower

Barr, C.L. and L Schamber (1998) Users' criteria for relevance evaluation: a cross-situational comparison nformation Processing and Management. 34(2/3), pp219-236
Bates, M.J (1989) The design of browsing and berry-picking techniques for the online search interface Online Review, 13(5), pp407-431
Buckland, B., Norgard, B.A., and Plaunt, C (1993) Filing, filtering, and the First Few Found Information Technology and Libraries vol. 12, no. 3, pp311-319
Croft, W.B (1995) What do people want from Information Retrieval D-Lib Magazine, November. Online. Available
Harter, S.P. and C. A. Hert, C.A (1997) Evaluation of information retrieval systems: approaches, issues and methods In Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST) 32, pp3-94

Web Page/Sites
National Library of Australia Meta matters Online. Available:
Olson, Hope A Between control and chaos: an ethical perspective on authority control Online. Available:


This module is at CQFW Level 6