Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other Primarily self directed, open learning but also utilising seminars/ tutorials and practical sessions.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report - 1, 000 words  40%
Semester Assessment Practical project - equivalent 2,000 words  60%
Supplementary Assessment Re submission - Report - 1, 000 words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Re submission - Practical project - equivalent 2,000 words  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Outline the roles of document description in information retrieval.

* Describe and discuss the significance for cataloguers of the elements and features of a bibliographic record.

* Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of cataloguing / bibliographic description.

* Explain and exemplify the role of rules for cataloguing / bibliographic description

* Explain and exemplify the role of machine readable coding.

* Apply rules for cataloguing and coding, to a variety of documentary formats.

Brief description

Despite rapid developments in information and communications technology in recent years, and the related proliferation of information in both print and electronic form, the need for the description of a range of information formats, using established and consistent rules, is a important as ever for effective information retrieval. This module aims to introduce students to the essential principles and basic skills of cataloguing to provide them with flexible and transferable skills and knowledge useful in many aspects of information work.


Context in information retrieval; principles of document description
Applications in different IR systems and for different information materials
Nature and role of rules and codes
Representing descriptive details
Formats for descriptive details, and records overall
Representing names and identifying access points
Coding cataloguing decisions

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Participation in electronic discussion areas, involving tutor and other students
Improving own Learning and Performance Will develop new skills and reinforce existing ones
Information Technology Integral to the learning medium, material; and the practical assessment
Personal Development and Career planning The skills are most relevant to ¿newer¿ information professionals¿ typical responsibilities
Problem solving Central to assessment in terms of the creation of original bibliographic descriptions
Research skills Developed by reading and investigation of specific cataloguing standards for completion of assignment
Subject Specific Skills The module focuses on a particular, highly transferable subject specific skill as recognized by the professional body CILIP
Team work Encouraged via class room discussion and practical work


This module is at CQFW Level 6