Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 5x 1 hour
Practical 5 x 1 hour


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment One report (2,500-3,000 words)   50%
Semester Assessment One report / written presentation (equivalent to 2,500-3,000)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Submission of supplementary coursework for failed course elements in line with the learning outcomes of the original assignments  

Learning Outcomes

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

*Critically examine the legal, regulatory and audit trends and context in which information governance and assurance currently operates.

* Identify and describe the range of laws, regulation and audit requirements currently affecting business information in the UK, European and international environment.

  • Recognise and assess the potential difficulties faced by those responsible for information compliance, transparency and accountability.

*Distinguish the sector specific drivers and formulate methodologies for using the drivers to effect change within an organisation.

*Examine and debate the ethical challenges faced by information professionals in the modern organisation .

*Critically evaluate the role/contribution of control through legislation, regulation and audit to information governance and assurance.

Brief description

Increasingly, the legal and regulatory regimes governing the creation, maintenance and access to records are affected by international developments and trends as the marketplace becomes seamlessly global. Even organisations limiting their activities to the UK are feeling the effects of wider legal requirements. Students need to be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the recordkeeping requirements in laws and statutes and communicate their implications with legal, risk and IT colleagues. This knowledge and skill base is critical for the Appraisal element of record keeping, enabling the organisation to make decisions as to the level of risk they are happy to incur with a full understanding of the requirements and implications of the decisions they make.
The information professional should be able to facilitate compliance, transparency and accountability of the organisation in terms of the information they create, manage and destroy.

This module examines the impact of legal, regulatory and audit frameworks on recordkeeping practices, the mechanisms open to organisations to ensure they comply with the relevant frameworks and the ethical code within which information professionals should operate.


Law: International and UK perspectives
  • Trends in the global environment affecting the documentation of business evidence;
  • Emphasis on access and privacy, intellectual property and environmental legislation;
  • Effects of Sarbannes Oxley, HIPPA and e-discovery in the USA and recent rulings and developments;
  • Basil 2 and European legislation;
  • Differentiation between UK, European and International requirements and areas of convergence.
Compliance: Sector perspectives
  • Business legislation and general principles and auditing requirements in the UK;
  • Sector specific requirements particularly in more heavily regulated industries and the need for a strong business ethics code;
  • Methodologies for achieving compliance;
  • Mechanisms for researching legal requirements;
  • Use of legal drivers to effect change.
Business Ethics: issues for information professionals
  • Information access and use;
  • Censorship and secrecy; public right to know; individual right to privacy;
  • Research conduct; intellectual property and information technology.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Oral and written communication via tutorials and classroom discussion/online forums in VLE and assessed work
Improving own Learning and Performance Self management: students make their own selections relating to sector for specialisation/directed study through exercises in certain units and assessed work.
Information Technology Students are expected to utilise the VLE, and other technical systems during practical sessions. Coursework requires the application of IT in its presentation
Personal Development and Career planning Career needs awareness include portfolio activities, and assessment of competencies for continuing professional development
Problem solving Exercises which seek to identify the needs of the organisation and how best these might be met under different operational conditions
Research skills Analysis of sets of resources and their application to a research problem
Subject Specific Skills Professional skills development in recordkeeping design for sector specific organisations.
Team work Group activities are integral to the teaching of this module, and to classroom exercises.


This module is at CQFW Level 7