Information Retrieval

Short description:

Information retrieval spans over its influence on a multitude aspects in research. It is not simply a set of mechanical searches, but an ongoing process linked to different stages throughout your research. Effective and successful information retrieval requires information literacy, which is part of an individual’s capability to understand, manage and critically evaluate information. This course is to provide systematic information retrieval techniques and resources, and to foster your skills to obtain information successfully. Through learning and practice sessions, you will improve your ability to develop an effective search strategy, to find relevant information, to extract meaningful and satisfactory results, and subsequently to stimulate innovation and exploration of improved approaches for your academic and professional performance and competitiveness.


3 ECTS ->

Evaluation based on the following metrics:

  • 30% course participation (3 sessions of 4 hours);
  • 30% assignment;
  • 40% final project report


Professor Dr. ir. Margaret Chen


The students shall have a set of skills for locating information effectively, thinking about resources critically, managing available information systematically, synthesizing information analytically, and using information ethically.

Practical Information

When?              Tuesday 31st of October 2017, 1pm – 5pm in pc-room E1.4

                        Thursday 16th of November 2017, 1pm – 5pm in pc-room E1.4

                        Tuesday 21st of November 2017, 1pm – 5pm in pc-room E1.4

Where?             Campus Etterbeek


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Free of charge for PhD students

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Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

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