CM2203: Informatics

School Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics
Department Code COMSC
Module Code CM2203
External Subject Code I200
Number of Credits 10
Level L5
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Dr Sylwia Polberg
Semester Spring Semester
Academic Year 2019/0

Outline Description of Module

The aim of this module is to provide a unified understanding of the role of information systems and semantic web technology in coordinating information exchange. Coverage includes information modelling for open systems (including the Web), information querying and transformation and quality assurance, and informatics for application domains (including open linked data, bioinformatics, and business informatics).


On completion of the module a student should be able to

1. Demonstrate an understanding of how information is captured, shared and exploited in organisations
2. Analyse and critically evaluate existing definitions techniques for querying, transforming and assuring quality of information
3. Relate knowledge to individual application domains

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, supervised lab sessions, example classes and tutorials as appropriate.

Skills that will be practised and developed

A. Creating and applying information models for information capture, sharing and reuse
B. Using information query, transformation and quality assurance tools
C. Ability to choose approaches appropriate to particular domains (e.g. health informatics, bioinformatics, geoinformatics, business informatics)

How the module will be assessed

Coursework: The coursework will allow the student to demonstrate their knowledge and practical skills and to apply the principles taught in lectures.
Exam: A written exam (2 h) will test the student's knowledge and understanding as elaborated under the learning outcomes.

Students will be provided with reassessment opportunities in line with University regulations.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs)
Written Assessment 40 Case Study N/A
Exam - Spring Semester 60 Informatics 2

Syllabus content

Information modelling for open systems
Semantic data models
Ontologies, taxonomies and folksonomies
Information querying, transformation and workflow
Web information architecture (data linking)
Queries, rules, stylesheets for information transformation and publishing
Information-driven workflow, including information assurance and security policies
Informatics for application domains
(Open) linked data: managing linked data with specific reference to open linked data and governmental data
Bioinformatics: Theoretical and practical issues in the application of informatics to biology
Business informatics: Introduction to design and management of complex information infrastructures in business organisations.


Essential Reading and Resource List

Materials will be provided online, as a broad range of topics is covered.

Background Reading and Resource List

Moller A, Schwartzbach M (2006) An Introduction to XML and Web Technologies. Addison Wesley
Hebeler J., Fisher M., Blace R., Perez-Lopez A. (2009) Semantic Web Programming. John Wiley & Sons Inc
(Optional) Vickery G.; Wunsch-Vincent S. (2007) Participative Web and User-Created Content: Web 2.0, Wikis and Social Networking. Organisation


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