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- to understand the dimensions of the information retrieval "problem";
- to understand the functions of an information retrieval system;
- to analyse the components of an information retrieval system;
- to consider the factors which optimize the information retrieval process;
- to examine current issues in information retrieval

- learn history of information retrieval research and development of information retrieval systems
- understand and be able to explain core concepts and terms of information retrieval (see list of concepts and terms assocoated with lectures)
- understand and be able to explain different retrieval models and basic algorithms involved in processing and retrieval of information
- be able to identify the essential components and functions of an information retrieval system
- be able to evaluate existing information retrieval systems and suggest how the systems can be improved
- be able to apply theories to effectively solve information retrieval problems in real world situations
- be able to design information retrieval systems using principles and techniques learned in class

Course assessment includes some assignments that will be offered through the course, two paper projects, a midterm exam, and a final (group) project. You final grade has three components: work over the duration of the course, midterm exam grade, and final project grade. Each of these components will be evaluated separately using 100pt extended Letter Grade scale (0-20 is F range, 20-40 is D range, 40-60 is C range, 60-80 is B range and 80-100 is A range). After that the final grade will be calculated as 40% course + 30% midterm + 30% final project.

Grade for the work over the duration of the course is a sum of your assignment grades, quiz grades, paper project grades, and activity points. Your progress will be measured as a percentage of the max possible points: (assessment_points + quiz_points + activity_points)/(max_assessment_points + max_quiz_points) * 100%. Using this formula you can always check where you are standing. Score < 50% corresponds to F, 50-62.5 is D range, 65.5-75 is C range, 75-87.5 is B range, and 87.5-100 is A range. The formula to convert this score to 100pt extended Letter Grade scale is (X-37.5)/12.5*20.

The due date for assignments is strict. For extreme circumstances you have 5 late days to use at your discretion (i.e. you may use them on a single assignment, or distribute them over several assignments). Outside of this limit late assignments will not be considered.

Office hours are an opportunity for you to clarify details you may have missed in class or to resolve a serious problem you have encountered when working on an assignment. They are

Tuesday May 15 | Lecture 1 |

Thursday May 17 | Lecture 2 |

Tuesday May 22 | Self-study, no class meeting |

Thursday May 24 | Lecture 3 |

Tuesday May 29 | Lecture 4 |

Thursday May 31 | Lecture 5 |

Tuesday June 5 | Lecture 6, Midterm exam |

Thursday June 7 | Lecture 7 |

Tuesday June 12 | Lecture 8 |

Thursday June 14 | Lecture 9 |

Tuesday June 19 | Lecture 10 |

Thursday June 21 | Lecture 11, Project presentations |

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