Faculty of Information Technology

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Information Technology



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit presents students with the theory and practice underlying computerised information retrieval. Topics covered include: history and context of information retrieval systems, retrieval models, Boolean, vector space and probabilistic, evaluation strategies, test collections, web search engines, indexing, content-based multimedia retrieval and relevance feedback.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse critically the context and application of information retrieval systems;
  2. compare the different models of information retrieval and their comparative advantages and disadvantages;
  3. apply objective and subjective evaluation strategies in information retrieval systems;
  4. address the issues and challenges of managing very large collections of heterogeneous data for information retrieval;
  5. research how web search engines and search algorithms are constructed, utilised and deployed;
  6. do indexing for different media;
  7. implement information retrieval systems for the retrieval of audio-visual information;
  8. reflect on the theoretical and practical underpinnings of relevance feedback in information retrieval systems.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


(FIT9131 or FIT5131 or FIT9017) and (FIT9132 or FIT5132 or FIT9003 or FIT9019)) or equivalent

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