IS40520 Org of Info, Cat&Metadata

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces fundamental concepts and practices of bibliographic access and control and metadata, which involves creating, maintaining, and evaluating metadata records and applying subject headings and classification systems. Students will be introduced to cataloguing principles, rules, and standards, including, but not limited to, AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, second edition), RDA (Resource Description and Access), MARC21 Format for Bibliographic Data, Dublin Core, and other metadata standards, as well as Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Classification, and Library of Congress Subject Headings. All students will be encouraged to explore the full field of information organization, particularly with regard to the challenging convergence of metadata from different information communities.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to
(a) Apply the basic principles of cataloguing/metadata;
(b) Apply the basic principles of subject representation;
(c) Create bibliographic records using AACR2/RDA, MARC21, and DDC;
(d) Evaluate bibliographic records; and
(e) Critically assess metadata standards and best practices.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Computer Aided Lab


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, task-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Final Assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Assignment 2: RDA Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Assignment 1: RDA Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Assignment 3: Subject Analysis Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive feedback and grade via Brightspace, post assessment.