Knowledge Organisation Systems

Course code LIS603

This online library course presents the concepts of knowledge organisation, including aspects such as metadata, cataloguing and resource description, and subject analysis (classification, subject indexing, thesauri, taxonomies, ontologies, tags and folksonomies, functional document classification).

These concepts underpin the storage, accessibility, physical and virtual organisation, contextualisation, and retrieval of knowledge, information and documents across the wider information professions.

The course shows how these concepts are applied to the organisation of knowledge, information and documents within systems, for purposes such as libraries, archives, recordkeeping, databases and directories.

It explains the design and management of knowledge organisation systems, using the concepts of knowledge organisation, in various situations and for various purposes. It also enables students to understand how to evaluate technologies for knowledge organisation in the light of the needs of their clients.

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 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 2 2019 Online only
  • 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 $1,840 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Compare and discuss different concepts that can be used to organise knowledge.
  • Apply these concepts to the organisation of knowledge, information and documents within knowledge organisation systems.
  • Design and develop a small database using open-source software.
  • Demonstrate how to manage databases commonly used as knowledge organisation systems.
  • Evaluate technology-based products, systems and services that manage knowledge, information and/or documents, in the light of the needs of a particular organisation.


This course is 100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.