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Module Title
Knowledge Organisation
Reference BSM623 Version 3
Created April 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved March 2013 SCQF Points 15
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To enable the student to evaluate the techniques of representation and organisation of recorded knowledge and to apply them in a professional environment.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Critically assess the efficiency of a variety of Knowledge Organisation Systems (KOS) in a multicultural and multidisciplary environment.
2 Critically evaluate the contribution of a range of indexing techniques to provide enhanced subject representation and controlled access to relevant information in an on-line environment.
3 Apply the principles of Knowledge Organisation critically to the construction of a faceted thesaurus.
4 Appraise and discuss current issues in Knowledge Organisation and the contribution of current research to addressing them.

Indicative Module Content
Domain analysis; concept mapping; semantic and syntactic relationships; principles of classification construction; facet analysis; vocabulary control; thesaurus construction; subject analysis; abstracting and indexing principles; citation indexing; ontologies; introduction to Knowledge Architecture; metadata; internet resource description; user interface.

Module Delivery
Lectures, seminars, groupworks, laboratories, tutorials and directed independent learning.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 68 35
Non-Contact Hours 82 115
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Case study report

Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by one component: C1 - Coursework - 100% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60% - 69%
C 50% - 59%
D 40% - 49%
E 35% - 39%
F 0% - 34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None, in addition to course entry requirements
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 AITCHISON, J., GILCHRIST, A. and BAWDEN, D., 2000. Thesaurus construction and use: a practical manual. 4th ed. London: Europa Publications.
2 BROUGHTON, V., 2006. Essential thesaurus construction. London: Facet Publishing.
3 CHOWDHURY, G. and CHOWDHURY, S., 2007. Organizing information from the shelf to the web. London: Facet Publishing.
4 DE KEYSER, P., 2012. Indexing: from thesauri to the semantic web. Oxford: Chandos.
5 LAMBE, P., 2007 Organising knowledge: taxonomies, knowledge and organisational effectiveness. Oxford: Chandos Publishing.
6 ROWLEY, J. and HARTLEY, R., 2008. Organizing knowledge. 4th ed. Aldershot: Ashgate.
7 TAYLOR, A.G. and JOUDREY, D., 2009. The organization of information. 3rd ed. Westport, CO: Libraries Unlimited.


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