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Information Organisation and Description PG (8111.4)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice


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    In this unit students will gain an understanding of the theory, concepts and standards of information organisation and description, with an emphasis on metadata, cataloguing and subject access to information, including classification. The process of structuring and describing information will be applied to specific types of resource. The unit also addresses the need to integrate various standards within the overall information access and retrieval requirements of an organisation. An overview of database structures, design and use for information storage will be considered. The unit also provides students with a study of existing and emerging approaches to subject access to information including aspects of taxonomy, ontology, classification, indexing and thesaurus construction.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. discuss the merits and applicability of particular information description standards to particular resources

    2. apply the standards to describe information resources with accuracy and in line with the information needs of an organisation

    3. design and manage information organisation processes as appropriate to environmental context

    4. describe the theory of subject analysis

    5. apply the theory, methods, procedures of indexing and evaluate the results

    6. plan, design and construct thesauri for information retrieval

    7. interact with colleagues and stakeholders to ensure that approaches to organizing and describing information meet the needs and expectations of the organisation

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