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Lectures, class participation will be used for the first half of the course. The first half will cover fundamentals of information retrieval and digital library standards, as well as furnish the students with a wide variety of topics of current interests to information professions in academic and industry.

A final, accounting for 20% of the grade, will assess the students' knowledge of the breadth of the material covered in the course.

Survey paper. By the midpoint of the course, students will have selected one topic (from a controlled list) to write up a survey paper on, using papers suggested by the lecturer and through their own information gathering.

Project. Once the survey has been handed in self-organized into small groups and selected a particular project for further study. The groups will propose projects to lecturer for final evaluation and demonstration to the public through a poster presentation at the end of the semester. Grading for the project is based on what you might experience from a conference reviewer. A grading rubric for a past incarnation of the class is available to help you get a feel for the criteria.

The grading for this class will comprise of the following continuous assessment milestones and a final exam.

Description Percentage
Survey Paper 15%
Homework Assignments 15%
Project Write-Up and Deliverables 40%
Project Presentation 5%
Final Exam 20%
Total 95%


Although attendance is not required, participation is. Participation will account for the remaining 5% of your grade. In-class and out of class participation are equally weighted; if you prefer to contribute to the class discussion offline (in the forum) rather than online, that is fine as well.

Participation is very helpful for your teaching staff too. Without it, we have very little idea whether you understand the material that we've presented or whether it's too difficult or trivial. Giving feedback in the form of questions, discussion provides us with a better idea of what topics you enjoy and which you are not too keen on.

Your teaching staff will try their best to provide you with detailed assessment marks within three weeks of the submission due date. You are welcome to debate/argue for any extra points that you feel that you deserve within one week after the initial grades have been released. Due to time constraints on finalizing grades, grade appeals beyond this time may or may not be entertained.

Academic Honesty Policy

Collaboration is a very good thing. Students are encouraged to work together and to teach each other.

On the other hand, cheating is considered a very serious offense. Please don't do it! Concern about cheating creates an unpleasant environment for everyone.

So how do you draw the line between collaboration and cheating? Here's a reasonable set of ground-rules. Failure to understand and follow these rules will constitute cheating, and will be dealt with as per University guidelines. We will be policing the policy vigorously.

You should already be familiar with the University's academic code. If you haven't yet, read it now.

Late Submissions

All assignments are due to IVLE by 11:59:59 pm (Singapore time) on the due date. These penalties are very strict, so plan to finish on time. Excuses will not be tolerated, and no exceptions without a medical certificate will be made. The following penalties will apply for late submissions:

Min-Yen Kan <> Created on: Sat May 29 14:02:14 GMT-8 2004 | Version: 1.0 | Last modified: Fri Jul 14 13:41:32 2006