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Campus Lecturer


Sue McKemmish

Contact hours: Available by appointment only. Email to arrange a time to meet or to talk via telephone or skype.

Tom Denison

Contact hours: Available by appointment only. Email to arrange a time to meet or to talk via telephone or skype.

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand the key principles, concepts and standards that guide the development of information organisation and retrieval systems and web-based information architectures;
  • have skills in applying standard cataloguing, classification, indexing, thesaurus construction, and knowledge discovery metadata schemes and tools;
  • have developed experience in interacting with selected bibliographic utilities/ networks, and in using bibliographic software; and
  • be able to develop systems for organising information and facilitating access to information resources in physical collections or digital/web-based repositories.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Metadata Record 25% (includes 10% class participation) Tuesday 6 September 2011
Assignment 2 - Information Architecture 25% (includes 5% class participation) Tuesday 11 October 2011
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning. 

Delivery of the unit involves two hours of lectures per week, covering the theory and practice of information organisation, and a two-hour tutorial/lab session where students undertake practical exercises. 

Off campus students can access the lecture recording (audio with synchronised slides) via Monash University Lectures Online (MULO), and will have special weekly activities and interactive sessions in lieu of the on campus tutorials.


Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

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Required Resources

Hider, Philip, with Harvey, Ross. (2008). Organising knowledge in a global society. Rev. ed. Wagga Wagga: Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. ISBN 978 1876938 67 3.

Recommended Resources

Students will be given access to online resources including the Library of Congress's The Cataloger's Desktop and Classification Web, and to WebDewey. Access to other resources will be provided as needed.

Kennedy, J. and Schauder, C. (1998). Records management: A guide to corporate recordkeeping (2nd ed.). Melbourne: Longmans. Chapters 6 and 7.

Examination material or equipment

Details will be provided via the Unit Moodle website.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to FIT5106 Information Organisation Details of Assignment 1 provided
2 Lecture: Introduction to the metadata frameworks, models and policies; Lab/Tute: Introduction to Case Study  
3 Lecture: Metadata schemes; Lab/Tute: Metadata model exercises  
4 Lecture: Metadata schemes; Lab/Tute: Metadata scheme exercises  
5 Lecture: Metadata encoding schemes and tools; Lab/Tute: Metadata scheme exercises  
6 Lecture: Metadata encoding schemes and tools; Lab/Tute: Metadata encoding scheme exercises  
7 Lecture: Information architecture; Lab/Tute: Metadata tools exercises Assignment 1 due Tuesday 6 September 2011
8 Lecture: Information architecture; Resource description and access; Lab/Tute: Information architecture exercises Details of Assignment 2 provided
9 Lecture: Resource description and access. Applying rules for selecting access points. MARC records. Authority files; Lab/Tute: RDA and MARC exercises  
10 Lecture: Library schemas: Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC); Lab/Tute: RDA and MARC exercises. Selecting access points and authority files exercises  
11 Lecture: Library schemas: Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH); Lab/Tute: DDC exercises Assignment 2 due Tuesday 11 October 2011
12 Lecture: Managing information organisation processes (workflows; insourcing and outsourcing; the role of networks; economic considerations); Lab/Tute: DDC exercises  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Metadata Record
    This assignment involves the development of a Metadata Record for a resource to be included in the Breast Cancer Knowledge Online Portal (see www.bckonline.monash.edu). Components of the Metadata Record will be developed in class exercises and combined together into the submitted assignment. The class exercises will be undertaken in the Tutorial/Laboratory by on-campus students, and via Moodle by off-campus students.
    25% (includes 10% class participation)
    Criteria for assessment:

    Class participation in exercises relating to the development of the Metadata Record (in Tutorials/Laboratories by on-campus students and via Moodle by off-campus students) is an assessable component of this Assignment.

    More details of assessment criteria will be advised in separate assignment handouts available via the Unit Moodle website.

    Due date:
    Tuesday 6 September 2011
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Information Architecture
    This assignment can be taken either in a small group, or individually. It explores an information architecture related topic of the students' choice. It involves a presentation in class as well as a hard copy version of the presentation. Alternative guidelines will be provided for off-campus students.
    25% (includes 5% class participation)
    Criteria for assessment:

    Assessment will be based on how well the information explored is presented and documented.

    More details of assessment criteria will be advised in separate assignment handouts available via the Unit Moodle website.

    Due date:
    Tuesday 11 October 2011


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Referencing requirements

More information about referencing will be provided in the detailed instructions relating to each assignment.

Other Information


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