Information Retrieval Systems course 

This page contains syllabus, lecture slides, reading material, and exam for the course "Information Retrieval Systems".

For any questions or comments regarding the lecture or this web site, please contact  Rajendra Akerkar.

Course Syllabus

The objective of this course is to elaborate on the fundamentals of information retrieval (IR), study of indexing, search, relevance, classification, organisation, storage, browsing, visualisation, etc. Focus on prominent computer algorithms and methods used in the field from a computer scientist's perspectives.

The course outline:

Session 1   Introduction to information retrieval and extraction

Session 2   Conventional information retrieval systems

Session 3   Document processing

Session 4    Automatic indexing

Session 5    Information retrieval models

Session 6    Retrieval performance evaluation

Session 7    Query operation

Session 8    Relevance feedback

Session 9    Clustering techniques

Session 10   Searching on the Web

Session 11   Information extraction

Learning outcomes

Project, Presentation Topics and Lecture Slides

The course material will be available via course management system.

Course Structure & Resources

This will be 2 weeks course. Each class session will be of 4 hour 30 min. duration. Classes will comprise of lecture, hands-on-practice, discussion etc. Students will be encouraged to participate in class-discussion and will make at least one presentation during the course. Morning sessions will mainly consist of lectures and group exercises. Afternoons will be focused mainly around assessment activities and personal study. Students are expected to organise their time to cover preparatory work and assessment activities.

The textbooks for the course are 

  1. Rajendra Akerkar and Pawan Lingras. Building an Intelligent Web: Theory & Practice. Jones and Burtlett 2008, ISBN-13: 978-0-7637-4137-2, ISBN-10: 0-7637-4137-X. 
  2. R. Baeza-Yates, B. Ribeiro-Neto. Modern Information Retrieval. Addison-Wesley, 2010, ISBN: 9780321416919.

AAAI, IJCAI, ACM Hypertext, CIKM, WebNet, WebDB


General Reading Material


This course is assessed by coursework (40%) and online exam (60%). There are two types of coursework. The first is a Group Presentation. This is a 30-minute group talk by three students on a given topic using Powerpoint slides. The second is a Project Report.

You will give a group presentation: a 30-minute talk to be presented to your seminar group in second Week. The talk will be followed by 5 minutes for questions. The presentation represents 10% of the total marks for the course.

The content of this project will be a report on an IR & IE system undertaken by students from a choice of 3 options. The project report represents 30% of the total marks for the course.

50% of the marks for the course are allocated to an final exam which takes place online through the course managment system. Advice on what the exam consists of and how to approach it will be given in the last session of the course.

Details about the end of semester exam will be available soon.

Marking & Grading

The candidate will be evaluated on a 10 point scale and the Grading pattern will be as follows:

Percentage 96≤P≤100 90≤P≤95 80≤P≤89 70≤P≤79 60≤P≤69 55≤P≤59 50≤P≤54 40≤P≤49 31≤P≤39 00≤P≤30
G 10

Specific criteria for judging the assignments will vary, but generally they will be judged on:

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