LIA410 - Resource Description & Access I

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Subject Title
Resource Description & Access I

Subject Description
Focus on RDA Guidelines for descriptive catalogue records and MARC coding and ISBD punctuation for bibliographic records in an automated environment.

Credit Status
This is a credit course offered online through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Principles of Descriptive Cataloguing using RDA
  2. Introduction of MARC using RDA
  3. LCCN and ISBN
  4. Name Main Entry
  5. Title and Statement of Responsibility
  6. Edition Area and Publishing Information
  7. Physical Description
  8. Series Area and Notes Area
  9. Subject Access Fields and Added Entry Fields
  10. Comparison of AACR and RDA Cataloguing Rules with MARC Examples

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

For the Library and Information Technology diploma: Introduction to Libraries and the Information Industry
For the Libraries and Digital Technologies graduate certificate. Must meet program entry requirements. 

Topic Outline

  1. Demonstrate an ability to describe the purpose and principles of standard descriptive practice using RDA.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to describe the role of MARC Coding using RDA Cataloguing Guidelines.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to prepare the descriptive portion of a bibliographic record for a book with full MARC Coding and RDA Cataloguing Guidelines, relating to MARC fields 100-300.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to recognize the changes in MARC Coding AACR2R records as a result of RDA Cataloguing Guidelines.

Mode of Instruction
This is an online course with access to website and course resources.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Internet access and computer.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit course, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, neat, documents. Keyed material should be correctly formatted and grammatically correct as a result of accurate proof reading, proper spelling and punctuation.

In recognition of the significance of proper language skills in the workforce, marks are deducted for language errors on all tests, assignments and exams and a student can be failed on the basis of language errors alone (i.e. spelling, grammar, word usage, sentence and paragraph structure, etc.)

The final exam must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.

Grading is based on the following grading scheme:

Assessment Method Weight
Assignment(s) 60%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course. 

All Academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but is not limited to, policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Approved by: Sandra Noble