COMP3009J Information Retrieval

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module introduces to the concepts of Information Retrieval (IR). Students will encounter various techniques used in IR and means of evaluating their performance. They will also gain an exposure to the practical design of large-scale IR systems that are commonly used in the web search domain. Students are encouraged to reflect on the tradeoffs inherent in the choice of any IR strategy, in addition to the analysis of the findings of diverse evaluation metrics. Beyond the traditional IR mechanisms and strategies, focus will also be on modern applications and aspects of IR research.

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Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to contrast individual IR algorithms; implement various IR strategies; compare the performance of IR techniques through the use of evaluation metrics; describe and implement the various search strategies employed by commercial search engines; and demonstrate an understanding of modern challenges in the IR research domain.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, Laboratory Worksheets, Take-home Assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: MCQs & Programming Assignment & Learning Journal Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

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