Dear Colleagues,

      Could you please post the following to your graduate students for the fall semester? Thanks in advance.


Julia Marshall

Kent State University is offering a graduate-level course called Semantic Analysis Methods
beginning on August 26, 2013 and ending on December 8, 2013. 


This course considers how semantic analysis methods and models can be used to apply knowledge organization principles. People use their basic semantic knowledge, their knowledge of concepts, of classification schemes, of cataloging and profiling rules, and abstracting methods to organize knowledge manually. Today, semantic technologies have matured to the point where we can use them to model those human processes and to provide automated support for ‘knowledge organizing processes.’ This course will introduce in a non-technical context the basic ideas of knowledge-based and statistical (Bayesian) approaches to natural language processing – the foundation component for semantic analysis. Students will work together in teams to design solutions to simple knowledge organization challenges such as descriptive cataloging, subject analysis, abstracting, geographical coding, and sentiment analysis. Students will be introduced to some of the technologies on the market today. A bachelor’s degree is required for this course and experience with knowledge organization principles is strongly recommended.

Course Delivery

Because this course is delivered in an online mode, students can take this course no matter where they reside. The course is paced week-to-week to allow students to work together with the instructors on each lesson, but the lectures are primarily asynchronous. Any synchronous sessions are coordinated with the members of the class and are recorded for those who cannot make the synchronous meetings.

Registration for Guest Students

In order to enroll in courses for continuing study, students must apply to the university. Our application for Guest Student status is the easiest way to join the course. The application can be accessed here:

There is a $10 application fee, but no requirement for additional materials with the guest application. If you are applying as a guest, please contact Elizabeth at [log in to unmask]. She can help you get enrolled in the course once you are admitted as a guest student. 

Tuition for this online course for guest students at Kent State for Fall 2013 is $2511. 

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Kudravy

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