INF457 Information Retrieval Systems & Practice (8)


This subject builds on earlier information organisation subjects, providing students with a more in-depth study of information retrieval, including techniques, developments and problems. The subject aims to provide students with a theoretical framework on which to build their practical understanding, and to alert students to the nature of changes and to research in the area, encourage them to evaluate and be critical of existing systems, and provide them with the base knowledge with which to analyse, evaluate or contribute to the development of systems for organising and retrieving information.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF457
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Assumed Knowledge

INF209 or INF425 Describing Information Resources

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to student who have completed INF314, INF337 or INF539
Incompatible subject(s)
INF314 INF337 INF539

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge of the principles of information retrieval;
  • be able to reflect critically on existing methods of information retrieval;
  • be able to communcate effectively developments in the ways information professionals access information resources to a variety of audiences; and
  • be able to apply critical thinking and judgment in making informed contributions to the development of in-house information retrieval resources.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Information retrieval concepts
  • Information retrieval systems
  • Metadata
  • Information retrieval and the internet
  • User-oriented information retrieval
  • Evaluation of IR systems


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.