Course Description

FIMS 9732   Understanding Language Technologies: Design, Use and Applications

Course Description
Introduction to linguistic and computational aspects of natural language processing technologies. Familiarity with underlying principles and techniques required to perform all levels of language understanding and processing of naturally occurring text. Critical assessment of the use of language technologies in a variety of applications.

This course is offered to MLIS, MMJC, Media Studies, and HIS program students. Relevant to MLIS Program Content Areas - Information Organization/Design and Information Technology Management. MLIS students will need to request an exception to one of these PCA's within their Program Content area at myFIMS.


Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of readings, assignments, and class participation, students will be able to:
1. Gain an awareness and appreciation of the complexity of natural language; (PLLO 2)

2. Recognize linguistic and computational aspects of natural language processing (NLP) techniques and comprehend the associated research literature; (PLLO 7)

3. Critically evaluate a variety of applications that use natural language processing technologies and (optionally) gain practical experience in basic text analysis with NLP techniques; (PLLO 6, 8)

4. Connect NLP technologies and library applications in an innovative way and effectively communicate their idea with the concepts within the field. (PLLO 2, 8, 9)