Information Studies



This module will provide an overview of Extensible Markup language; give students the opportunity to practice XML markup techniques and demonstrate the use of XML in publishing. Topics include document analysis, the basics of markup, information modelling, DTDs and Schemas, Stylesheets and XSLT. The method of delivery will be mixed, involving lectures, class discussion, and practical lab based sessions.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the module students will have an understanding of the principles and role of structured generic markup. They will be able to create well-formed and valid XML documents, write DTDs and Schemas and deliver XML documents over the Web using different style sheets. They will also be able to assess and evaluate the role of XML for the management and delivery of electronic information.

Assessment: A practical XML project and written commentary

Core module for: MA/MSc DH

Optional for: MSc IS, MA Publishing. This module is also available for short course students

Prerequisites: Students must have taken and passed the Internet Technologies module or have extensive experience of working with HTML markup and CSS stylesheets.  

Taught by: Simon Mahony


  • Thursday from 10:00 to 13:00 in Term two.
  • Location: tba
  • Followed by tba

Further information for students currently taking this module:  (login required)

Information for prospective students:  an indication of the module structure and some preliminary reading.