FLI3115 Information Searching 3.0 credits

Informationssökning

The course deals with the principles and methods for computerized information retrieval with a focus on chemistry. The course consists of four obligatory seminars where theory is mixed with practical work. The course covers the choice of suitable information sources and how they may be used in a most effective way. Reference management and the creation of bibliographies are also included.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

More specifically, on completion of the course, the student shall be able to:
* describe the variety of information sources available to the chemist and explain the usefulness of each
* select the most appropriate source(s) of information for a particular need, based on a knowledge of content and coverage
* employ the full compass of search possibilities (and new ones which may be developed) provided by each source in order to obtain the most relevant results
* utilize a variety of user interfaces, including those with which the student has no prior experience
* critically evaluate the relevance, credibility and source of information which is retrieved
* utilize post-processing tools for the management of search results, and
* employ established norms for references and citations.

Intended learning outcomes *

On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:
* critically analyse and formulate his or her information needs, and
* select - from several alternatives - the most effective way of satisfying those needs.

Course Disposition

The course deals with the principles and methods for computerised information retrieval with a focus on chemistry. It is partly web-based, with three practical sessions. The course covers the choice of suitable information sources and how they may be used in a most effective way. Reference management and the creation of bibliographies are also included.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Participants must have obtained a university degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or biochemistry, and have started a postgraduate course.
Students should be able to express themselves fluently in English, and have a working knowledge of chemical terminology in English. Without such knowledge, students will be unable to formulate appropriate and applicable search profiles and to evaluate the search results.

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

Access to a computer with an Internet connection and web browser is an absolute requirement.

Literature

Course literature is listed in the description of the course available in BILDA and Student web, and includes:
* "Information Retrieval When? Where? How?", KTHB’s introduction to web-based information retrieval
* "Guiding students away from plagiarism", a KTH handbook (selected chapters)
* Handouts.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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Examination *

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Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

A pass mark requires
1. satisfactory results in the assignments (patent search and self-study course in BILDA) and the written examination,
2. satisfactory search report from the student's own research area, and
3. attendance at all three practical sessions.
Note: the assignments and written examination shall all be done individually by each student; group work is not allowed.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Göran Hamrin

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ECE/Library

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Göran Hamrin, ankn. 8951, Mikael Danielsson, ankn. 8957, Rosa Lönneborg, rosa@kth.se, Maria Unger, mariaun@kth.se

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

The course is given in English
The course fee is 3000 SEK, which covers handouts and refreshment during the seminars.
Send the completed application form [http://www.kth.se/en/kthb/tjanster/kurser-informationssokning/kurser-1.264017] to studexp@ece.kth.se, no later than two weeks before course start.

We reserve the right to cancel the course if there are too few applicants

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ECE/Library