Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 Hours.
Practical 6 Hours.
Seminars / Tutorials 7 Hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Design a thesarus for a subject or collection of their own choice  Design Thesaurus:  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module students should be able to:

  • describe the process and purposes of the human indexing employed in conventional information retrieval systems;
  • compare the nature and role of human and automatic indexing;
  • describe the complementary contributions of alphabetical and classified methods in producing information retrieval systems to meet a variety of users' needs
  • demonstrate the complementary natures of the common alphabetical and classified information retrieval tools
  • create and modify bibliographic records using Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Machine Readable Cataloguing, and Dewey Decimal Classification
  • explain the importance of data standards and the international bibliographic record exchange system in the construction of successful and cost effective catalogues and other information retrieval products

Brief description

This module concentrates on the following elements:

  • Information retrieval operations, models and theories;
  • Principles of indexing and index languages;
  • Form and function of classification schemes and their construction;
  • Catalogues and cataloguing;
  • Standards for information interchange


This module is at CQFW Level 6