MLS students must have completed (or waived) LBSC 671, and must have completed, waived, or be concurrently registered for LBSC 602.
This course is not cross-listed in Computer Science, and it does not meet the Computer Science qualifying exam requirement. Computer Science students wishing to register for this course as an elective should contact the instructor.
Students enrolled in other programs (including iSchool Ph.D. students) should consult with the instructor to determine whether their academic preparation is appropriate for this course.
|Office||HBK 2118F/AVW 3131|
|Cell Phone||See ELMS for the number|
A schedule that summarizes what we will cover each week can be found on the course Web site.
Students wishing to discuss accommodations for unusual circumstances should contact me to discuss this before the end of the third module.
Textbook and other reading assignments for each week can be found on the schedule. The principal text for this course (referred to below as "MRS" for the authors' initials) is Christopher D. Manning, Prabhakar Raghavan and Heinrich Schütze, Introduction to Information Retrieval, which is available on the Web in HTML and PDF. If you get this on the Web, be sure you have the final version (dated April, 2009). This book is also available in print should you wish to order it by Amazon. It has not been ordered by the bookstore (to prevent unnecessary returns if you all get it from the Web!).
The course has a mailing list that will be used by the instructor to make announcements. Students will be initially added to the mailing list based on email addresses on file with the university. If you have not received a welcome message from the mailing list by August 18, please contact the instructor to make sure that your correct address is included.
Requirements for technology skills that students are expected to have mastered before taking the course and tools that students are expected to have available are described in the first module. All modules are available under the "Module Content" links on the Schedule page.
|Component||Portion of Grade|
|Homework||17.5% (5% each for best 3 of 4, 2.5% for lowest)|
|Reading summaries||12.5% (5% each for best 2 of 3, 2.5% for lowest)|
The homework assignments are designed to provide an opportunity for students to explore specific topics in a structured way. Students may work together on the homework assignments, but all of the material that is turned in for grading must be produced individually. For example, students may form study groups and work out homework solutions together on a chalkboard or by each working separately on different terminals and then sharing what they have learned, but it would not be permissible for one student to prepare an answer set and then for other students to copy those answers and submit it as their own work.
Reading summaries are designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore one topic in more depth, and they provide other students with greater breadth of exposure to the research literature than would otherwise be practical. Students are required to do one additional reading three times during the semester; assignments of readings to students will be made based on bids received during the first module, and the assigned student should submit a one-page summary of the key points from their assigned reading by midnight Thursday night of each module so that other students will be able to review those summaries before the end of each module.
A term project will be completed by the end of the semester. Students may work individually or in groups. Additional details are provided in the P4, P6, P8, P11, P13 and P14 assignments, which are available through the course Doug Oard Last modified: Sun Aug 17 21:30:30 2014