Cataloguing and Classification

Course code 72272

This course builds on and enhances library skills by introducing you to the principles and practice of cataloguing and classification. It is designed to enable you to apply international standards in the creation of catalogue records. You will also be able to analyse the international standards and to develop a critical understanding of the contemporary issues affecting cataloguing and catalogue management.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Exam details
    2019 :  
    Trimester 3, 14 Feb 2020
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 3 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Topics covered include

  • descriptive cataloguing
  • principles and practice of classification
  • subject cataloguing; and
  • current cataloguing issues

Other requirements

If you do not have the prerequisite we may accept relevant experience. Contact us for more information.

To enrol in this course you will need access to a computer, the Internet and email.


There are no set texts for this course however you must have access to Dewey Decimal Classification (20th ed or later) (which may be borrowed from the Open Polytechnic library if your library does not hold a copy), and the Library of Congress Subject Headings (26th ed or later). Access to the RDA Toolkit will be provided by the Open Polytechnic.


70% In-course

30% Examination

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.

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