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Module Title
Knowledge Organisation

knowledge representation; knowledge organisation; information organisation; classification; indexing.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2005
ApprovedMarch 2013
AmendedAugust 2013
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Prerequisites for Module

None, in addition to course entry requirements

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


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.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance Learning
Work based practice

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

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

Assessment Plan

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.

Indicative Bibliography

1.AITCHISON, J., GILCHRIST, A. and BAWDEN, D., 2000. <I>Thesaurus construction and use: a practical manual.</I> 4th ed. London: Europa Publications.
2.BROUGHTON, V., 2006. <I>Essential thesaurus construction.</I> 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. <I>Indexing: from thesauri to the semantic web.</I> Oxford: Chandos.
5.LAMBE, P., 2007 Organising knowledge: taxonomies, knowledge and organisational effectiveness. Oxford: Chandos Publishing.
6.ROWLEY, J. and HARTLEY, R., 2008. <I>Organizing knowledge.</I> 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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