|Prerequisites for Module|
None, in addition to course entry requirements
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:
||critically assess the efficiency of a variety of Knowledge Organisation Systems (KOS) in a multicultural and multidisciplary environment;|
||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;|
||apply the principles of Knowledge Organisation critically to the construction of a faceted thesaurus;|
||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.
Indicative Student Workload
|Full Time||Distance Learning|
|Work based practice||0||20|
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|Private Study||42||0||Mode of Delivery|
Lectures, seminars, groupworks, laboratories, tutorials and directed independent learning.
||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Component 1 ||1,2,3,4|
The module is assessed by a single piece of coursework. The assessment will take the form of a case study report which will require students to reflect critically on the effectiveness of different Knowledge Organisation Systems (KOS) in the creation of access points to the content of a subject gateway.
|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.||FOSKETT, A., 1996. The Subject approach to information. 5th ed. London: Facet Publishing.|
|5.||LAMBE, P., 2007 Organising knowledge: taxonomies, knowledge and organisational effectiveness. Oxford, England: Chandos Publishing.|
|6.||ROWLEY, J. and HARTLEY, R., 2008. Organizing knowledge. 4th ed. Aldershot: Ashgate.|
|7.||TAYLOR, A. G., 2004. The organization of information. Westport, CO: Libraries Unlimited.|