|| IL10920 |
|| INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION RETRIEVAL |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Ms Pauline M Rafferty |
|| Intended for use in future years |
|Next year offered
|| N/A |
|Next semester offered
|| N/A |
|| Mr Alan Wheatley, Mr Timothy C Gillison |
| Course delivery
|| 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 Exam||2 Hours Two hour written examination. ||40%|
|Semester Assessment|| Assignment: 1 written assignment. ||60%|
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.
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.
** Recommended Consultation
Hartley, R. J. et al. (1990) On-line searching: princlples and practice.
Lancaster, F.W. (1998) Indexing and abstracting in theory and practice.
London: Library Association
Rowley, J.E. & Farrow, J (2000) Organizing knowledge: an introduction to managing access to information.
3rd. Alderstot : Gower
This module is at CQFW Level 4