Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical Visit to local Archive Service
Lecture 2 Hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment ONE ESSAY( 2,000 - 2,500 WORDS)  50%
Semester Assessment ONE REPORT /WRITTEN PRESENTATION ( EQUIVALENT 2,000- 2,500)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Describe the nature of archives and the pattern of archive keeping in the UK.

* Outline the main provisions of professional archival standards and guidelines.

Identify and explain best practice in repository and collection management, public service delivery, and access.

*Explain the principles of provenance and archival integrity, and be aware of standards for archival description.

*Discuss the impact of IT and the internet on archives and be able to locate a range of archival sources.

* Outline developments in professional infrastructure, including cross-sectoral and regional working.

Brief description

The module will provide students with an understanding of the nature of archival material and a broad introduction to the management of archives; the emphasis is placed on recognising and implementing best practice.


Students will be introduced to the principles of archive management in relation to the storage and preservation of archives, to the delivery of a public service and issues surrounding access. The processing of archival collections will also be dealt with from acquisition and appraisal, to sorting, arrangement and the preparation of finding aids.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Presentation by written formal report.
Improving own Learning and Performance Use of professional internet sources, and review of professional documentation should foster student awareness of available learning resources, and improve critical and evaluatory skills.
Information Technology The module raises awareness of the issues underlying the provision of access to archives using modern information technology. Coursework requires the application of IT skills in its presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning The module raises awareness of issues surrounding the management of archives, and addresses important skills for modern information management professionals, and historical researchers alike.
Problem solving N/A
Research skills Preparation for coursework will involve basic information gathering techniques and summative skills.
Subject Specific Skills Professional skills in the theory and practice of the management of archives will be developed.
Team work The importance of professional and cross-sectoral team work in providing an integrated pattern of care for UK archives is integral to the teaching of this module.


This module is at CQFW Level 6