Module Identifier IL30110  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Mr Alan Wheatley  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   14 Hours.  
  Practical   8 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment Project Work:  50%

Learning outcomes

At the end of this modules student should be able to:

Brief description

In the last few years, information retrieval has expanded beyond its traditional home in libraries and formal information systems. It is now firmly in the hands of end-users, and is still undergoing a searching revolution which started in the late 1980s, when growth in the publication rate of CD_ROM databases began making the old models of information retrieval obsolescent.
Then, all database producers developed unique and increasingly complex command systems for information retrieval, and users were normally professional searchers, trained in the use of whatever retrieval interfaces were provided. That old model suited a seller's market, where:


The aims of this module are to review the results of these changes, to critically examine the current state of the Internet'r major information retrieval channels, and to analyse the relationship between Web page features and their information retrieval consequences.

Transferable skills

Reading Lists

** Supplementary Text
Ernest Ackermann, Learning to use the Internet and World Wide Web Wilsonville,
Ernest Ackermann, Searching and researching on the Internet and the World Wide Web Wilsonville
Information Seeking in the Online Age Bowker-Saur 1857392604


This module is at CQFW Level 6