ETL505 Describing and Analysing Education Resources (8)


This subject introduces students to the principles and processes of analysing and describing resources within the school context. It examines traditional and emerging means of providing access to learning resources, and the application of metadata standards to ensure effective information organisation. While the focus is on schools, the broad principles apply to a variety of information environments.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ETL505
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the importance of effective organisation of learning resources for successful information retrieval;
  • be able to understand the relationship between information retrieval systems and the description and analysis of resources;
  • be able to apply national and international metadata standards; and
  • be able to utilise these standards to provide effective access to information for the school community.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The need for information resource description
  • Tools and systems
  • Metadata standards including Resource Description and Access (RDA)
  • Vocabularies
  • Design and flow of information
  • Future trends in information organisation


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.