HIVK03322U  System Evaluation and User Studier, Constituent elective module A

Volume 2017/2018
Content

The module includes advanced studies of the theoretical and methodological aspects concerning evaluation of interactive information systems in context, the emphasis being on the correlation between information needs, situation and relevance as well as search behaviour seen in the light of dissemination processes and associated technologies.  Taking its starting point in the research literature, the module introduces models for information behaviour and information interaction in order to identify approaches to evaluation of system performance and usability, and explicitly to discuss methods for evaluation of interactive information retrieval systems.

The module consists of the following three sub-courses and a project seminar:

Information behaviour

  • Basic information behaviour models and interactive information retrieval research approaches
  • Types of information needs, including work task related information needs
  • The concept of relevance

 

Data collection and analysis

  • Research focus: behavioural studies vs. performance tests
  • Research design – test variables
  • Data collection methods: qualitative methods and statistical methods of analysis

 

Evaluation of interaction design

  • System centric evaluation; Cranfield-TREC-INEX; Performance measures
  • User centric evaluation; usability evaluation and analysis
  • Validation of test results
Learning Outcome

Competence objectives for the module

The objective of the module is to provide the student with:

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • Different types of evaluation and evaluation approaches of relevance to information searching and assessment of the performance of infor-mation retrieval systems,
  • Key concepts and models on information behaviour and search/re-trieval and the associated processes and functions as well as methods for studying these.

 

Skills in:

  • Reflect on key models and methods for the study of information be-haviour and search/retrieval and the associated processes and func-tions,
  • Assess relevant methods, and combinations of these, for the study/evaluation of system performance and information behaviour – including evaluation of interactive information retrieval systems,
  • Identify and compare key evaluation concepts and methods for sys-tem evaluation and user studies, and to assess and validate evalua-tion results in relation to given circumstances.

 

Competences in:

  • Prepare/design research methods for studying/evaluating system per-formance and information behaviour – including evaluation of interac-tive information retrieval systems,
  • Conduct various types of system evaluations and user studies.

 

Academic objectives:

Students are able to

  • Give an account of various types of evaluation and evaluation ap-proaches as well as key concepts and models of information behav-iour and search/retrieval, and also the associated processes and func-tions as well as methods for studying these,
  • Assess relevant methods, and combinations of these, for the study/evaluation of system performance and information behaviour,
  • Independently conduct different types of system evaluations and user studies.

Sample literature:

  • Ingwersen, P. & Järvelin, K. (2005). The Turn: Integration of Information Seeking and Retrieval in Context. Berlin/Heidelberg : Springer. 448 s.
  • Kelly, D. (2009). Methods for Evaluating Interactive Information Retrieval Systems with Users. Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval, 3(1-2), 1-224.
  • Lazar, Feng & Hochheiser (2010): Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction. Chichester, Wiley, 426 s.
  • Saracevic, T. (2009). Information Science. In: Bates, M.J. & Maack, M.N. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.  New York : Taylor & Francis. 2570-2586.
Class teaching, lectures, student presentations, workshops and project seminar.
Oral
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Credit
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 min
Exam language: Danish or English
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Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period

Summer Exam 2018

Re-exam

Same as ordinary exam, August 2018

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 45
  • Exam
  • 120
  • Exam Preparation
  • 245,8
  • Total
  • 410,8