Module Identifier IL33520  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Dr Allen E Foster  
Pre-Requisite IL31620  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours.  
  Practical   5 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Assessment of visual information seeking systems 3000 words  60%
Semester Assessment Reflect on the value of visualisation for different audiences. (2000 words).40%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework   

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

To visualize: "to form a mental vision, image, or picture of (something not visible or present to sight, or of an abstraction); to make visible to the mind or imagination"[The Oxford English Dictionary, 1989]. At last technology is offering some practical opportunities to allow realtime information retrieval to use visual cues as a presentation method. This module aims to introduce the concept of visualisation in information retrieval and to enable students to identify visual IR systems and methods, to assess the applications of visualisation in IR and other fields, to relate this to theory, research and practice.


1. Overview of Visualisation within the Information Retrieval and Information Seeking field.
2. Identify applications of visualisation and examples of current implementations. Including the uses of visualisation as a tool for presenting Text, WWW results, and other data.
3. Navigating and Interacting with visual information systems, including advantages and disadvantages of Visualisation for IR/IS.
4. Consideration of the influence of learning and cognitive styles upon effectiveness of these systems.   
5. Practical issues in visualisation: animation, quality, technologies, access, training etc.
6. Evaluating systems and methods.

Module Skills

Problem_solving Related to development of understanding and relation of this to detailed explanation of visualisation techniques  
Research skills Preparation for coursework will involve basic information gathering techniques and summative skills  
Communication Presentation by written formal report.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Self reflection will be encouraged as part of the process of understanding the value of visual IR/IS systems.  
Team work Some element of team work within practicals may be included.  
Information Technology IT and Software skills are at the heart of developing knowledge in this field.  
Application of Number Incidental to the module, but topics will introduce areas of data manipulation and algorithms.  
Personal Development and Career planning Not explicitly, though awareness of the issues  
Subject Specific Skills Theory, software and research specific knowledge will be developed.  


This module is at CQFW Level 6