CS961 – Organisation of Knowledge

Credits 20
Level 5
Semester 1 and 2
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Possible elective
Contact Lectures: 20 | Tutorials: 0 | Labs: 20
Assignments: 80 | Self study: 80
Assessment Students will complete an individual assignment in Semester 1 (50% of the marks) and an individual assignment in Semester 2 (50% of the marks).
Resit TBC
Lecturer Dr Diane Pennington

General Aims

This module aims to:

  • provide students with an understanding of the theory involved in analysing, representing and organising knowledge;
  • provide students with practical skills in the application of this theory to domains of knowledge;
  • introduce students to the functionality of LMS and the construction of MARC records.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will have obtained:

  • an understanding of the theoretical principles involved in analysing, representing and organising knowledge;
  • an understanding of the role of the organisation of knowledge and its application in library and information services;
  • practical transferable skills in cataloguing, classification and other methods of organising and describing knowledge.


  • Principles behind the organisation of knowledge, of document representation and of the universe of knowledge
  • Theory and practice of vocabulary control, subject analysis, facet analysis, and other methods of representation
  • Library-specific tools, standards and systems such as Library Management Systems (LMS), MARC, FRBR, RDA, LCSH, DDC and LCC
  • Generalised tools and systems, including but not limited to thesauri, taxonomies, faceted classification, ontologies and tagging
  • Metadata: Linked Data/RDF/Semantic Web, Dublin Core, and other schemas

Students will also complete a series of practical exercises in these areas during the labs.

Recommended Text/Reading*

* This list is indicative only – the class lecturer may recommend alternative reading material. Please do not purchase any of the reading material listed below until you have confirmed with the class lecturer that it will be used for this class.

Structures for Organizing Knowledge: Exploring Taxonomies, Ontologies and other Schemas. Abbas, J. New York: Neal-Schumann. 2010. ISBN-13:978-1555706999 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Cataloguing and Classification. Chan, L. and Salaba, A. 4th ed. London: Rowman and Littlefield. 2016. ISBN-13: 978-1442232495 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: A Guide for Librarians. Stuart, D. London: Facet Publishing. 2011. ISBN-13:978-1856047456 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

The Organization of Information. Taylor, A. G. and Joudrey, D. N. 3rd ed. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. 2008. ISBN-13:978-1591587002 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Metadata. Zeng, M. L. and Qin, J. 2nd ed. New York: Neal-Schumann. 2016. ISBN-13:978-1555709655 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)