Information Retrieval System Design
Spring 2016 Greensheet
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LibGuide for 202
WebData Pro Tutorials
Canvas Information:Courses will be available beginning January 28th, 6 am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one unit or two unit class that starts on a different day. In that case the class will open on the first day that the class meets.
You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.
Students must logon to the Canvas site by the second day of the semester and begin coursework.
This course covers the design, querying, and evaluation of information retrieval systems, from web hierarchies to controlled vocabularies.
Complete INFO 203 Online Learning: Tools & Strategies. This mandatory one-credit course introduces students to the various e-learning tools used in the iSchool program. For more information, see http://ischool.sjsu.edu/current-students/courses/core-courses-and-electives
- Have the minimal home or work computing environment:
- Meet the School of Information's Technology Literacy requirements:
- INFO 202 students will use WebData Pro, a web-based database management and information retrieval system, to create databases, manage database structures and records, and create a web-based interface for searching the database. WebData Pro is compatible with current browsers for Windows, Mac OS X, and iOS.
Assignment Learning Objectives Portion of Grade Exercises (in support of the Projects)
- WebDataPro Orientation
- Attributes & Data Structures
- Writing Rules
- Basics of Vocabulary Design
- User Research
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 18 percent Projects
- (1) Database Design
- (2) Subject Analysis
- (3) Site Structure Design
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 55 percent Quizzes 1, 3, 5, 6, others 15 percent Participation 5, 6, 7, others 12 percent Total 100 percent
- Exercises help prepare students for the project work; they are graded credit/half-credit/no-credit.
- Project 1 involves designing and creating simple web-based databases and search interfaces; work is done in groups, with two-thirds of the project grade based on group work and one-third based on individual deliverables. Students participate in synchronous group meetings; attendance is required.
Projects 2 and 3 are done in small groups or with a partner.
- Quizzes serve as a review of material in the course lectures and readings; they are open-book, untimed over several days, and all questions may be viewed at once. Each quiz covers a portion of the course content.
- Participation in the class discussions, framed around questions about the course content to contemplate, respond to, and use to engage with class colleagues.
Check the course site daily for announcements and discussion posts. Submit assignments by midnight Pacific on the due date. Late submissions are not accepted except in cases of serious illness or family emergency.
Textbooks & Readings
There is one required textbook, listed below; refer to the ordering instructions provided. eBook ($6.95) and softcover editions ($31.89) are available; students often find that having both formats is helpful. Additional readings may be posted to the course site.
A course calendar is available from the course site on the first day of the semester.
If the instructor finds that a student's writing is unacceptable, the instructor will require the student to sign up for online writing tutoring. The student will ask the tutor to confirm with the instructor that he/she is attending sessions.
|1||Introduction to the course & Overview of concepts
|2||Introduction to IR systems and system design issues
|3||Designing for search
|4.5||Information seeking models: prologue to user research
|6.5||Beyond good search
|8||Designing for navigation
|9||Trends & perspectives
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
INFO 202 has no prerequisite requirements.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Design two major kinds of information retrieval systems: metadata and web hierarchies.
- Understand the basic vocabulary and concepts of information retrieval (IR), and use them in class discussions and analyses of IR design projects; understand the concepts, principles, challenges, and work embodied in the assignments as representative of concepts, principles, challenges, and work described in course content.
- Identify standards and best practices for metadata, classification schema and hierarchies, and apply them in assignments.
- Identify an appropriate user group for an IR product, assess their information needs, conduct user research, and design an information retrieval system to meet those needs.
- Explain and apply basic design principles for usability, focused on the content and organization of information for retrieval.
- Use Boolean logic and other methods to query the databases created as class assignments with effective searches in both natural language and controlled vocabulary fields; navigate hierarchies efficiently.
- Evaluate a database information retrieval system, including its vocabularies, using standard measures such as recall and precision; evaluate interfaces for information retrieval using basic principles of interface design.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
INFO 202 supports the following core competencies:
- E Design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems.
- G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele.
- Tucker, V.M. (Ed.). (2018). Information retrieval system design: Principles & practice (edition 5.1). AcademicPub/XanEdu. Available as eBook, softcover, or spiralbound; see ordering instructions.
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
- A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.
Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student
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Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material
- "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
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