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 2020/1

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 and bioinformatics or 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

Modules will be delivered through blended learning. You will be guided through learning activities appropriate to your module, which may include: • on-line resources that you work through at your own pace (e.g. videos, web resources, e-books, quizzes), • on-line interactive sessions to work with other students and staff (e.g. discussions, live streaming of presentations, live-coding, team meetings) • face to face small group sessions (e.g. help classes, feedback sessions)

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

How the module will be assessed

A blend of assessment types which may include coursework and portfolio assessments, class tests, and/or formal examinations.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs)
Class Test 60 Class Test N/A
Portfolio 40 Informatics For Practical Application N/A

Syllabus content

Information modelling for open systems

Markup formats

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, including topics such as (Open) linked data, bioinformatics or business informatics


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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