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

Recommended Text/Reading*

* This list is indicative only – the class lecturer may recommend alternative reading material. Please do not purchase any of the reading material listed below until you have confirmed with the class lecturer that it will be used for this class.

Interactive information seeking, behaviour and retrieval. Ruthven, I. and Kelly D.  Facet Publishing, 2011. | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Looking for information: a survey of research on information seeking, needs, and behavior. Case, D.O. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, 2002. | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

The Turn: integration of information seeking and retrieval in context. Ingwersen, P. and Järvelin, K. Springer, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0471485599 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Modern Information Retrieval. Ribiero-Neto. B. and Baeza-Yates. R. ACM Press. 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0201398298 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Introduction to Information Retrieval. Manning, D., Raghavan, P. and Schütze, H. Cambridge University Press. 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0521865715 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)