CS976 – Information Retrieval

TIMETABLE TEACHING MATERIAL
Credits 10
Level 5
Semester 1
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Possible elective
Contact Lectures: 6 (2 hours each) | | Labs: 6 (2 hours each)
Self study: 76
Assessment 100% by a 2-hour examination.
Resit 100% by a 2-hour examination.
Lecturer Dr Martin Halvey

General Aims

This class aims to give students an overview of the field of information retrieval. More specifically the class will:

  • critically examine a number of influential information seeking models;
  • provide students with an understanding of research methodologies for studying human information behaviour;
  • examine important concepts, such as relevance, in the context of information seeking and retrieval;
  • examine how findings from information seeking theory and practice can inform the design of information access systems;
  • outline the theory and technology used to construct modern Information Retrieval and Information Access systems;
  • critically evaluate the assumptions behind the evaluation of Information Retrieval systems.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this class, students will be able to:

  • critically examine a number of influential information seeking models;
  • demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies for studying human information behaviour;
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of important concepts, such as relevance, in the context of information seeking and retrieval;
  • to show how findings from information seeking theory and practice can inform the design of information access systems;
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theory and technology used to construct modern Information Retrieval and Information Access systems;
  • demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the assumptions behind the evaluation of Information Retrieval systems.

Syllabus

  • Information representation
  • The design of information retrieval and information access systems
  • Evaluation of information access systems
  • Multimedia and web retrieval models
  • Information seeking theory
  • Sensemaking theory
  • Information behaviour