Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Records Management
Academic Year
Available all semesters

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Briefing Document (750 words)  20%
Semester Assessment Action Plan ( 2,500 words)  80%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework 

Learning Outcomes

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

* interpret the context in which RM currently operates and identify what benefits it can bring to organisations in this environment

* outline the historical development of recordkeeping and examine the issues facing record keepers past and present

* describe the developments in the theoretical approaches to RM and assess how appropriate they are to current challenges in the field

* detail the basic tenets of the international standard for RM and describe the preliminary investigative stages of one of the prevalent methodologies

* outline and discuss the remaining elements of the methodology (identifying the requirements for records, assessing the existing systems and recommending strategies, as well as the design, implementation and review of systems)

* elaborate on the educational, research and ethical challenges facing current record keeping professional

Brief description

The module addresses the principles of RM in the context of modern organizations. Students obtain a grounding in RM that balances theory and practice in a broad context, with an opportunity to apply the activities to a particular sector i.e. pubic, voluntary, academic or commercial to enhance deeper learning.


Unit 1: Introduction to records management, exploring the context for RM, key terms and concepts, the relationship between RM and other fields and the benefits which can accrue.
Unit 2: RM through the Ages: historical development of record keeping analysis of the issues facing record keepers now and in the past and the trends affecting recordkeeping in the 21st century.
Unit 3: Theoretical Models: review of the two main models for the discipline and assessment of how appropriate they are proving for current usage. Opportunities to apply the theories to practical record keeping issues.
Unit4: ISO 15489 and DIRKS: detailed study of the international standard for RM and the most widely documented methodology for application.
Unit 5: DIRKS: detailed study of the methodology with opportunities for application and analysis.
Unit 6: Current professional Issues: analysis of current issues and challenges, and what this means for personal profession development and the direction the profession takes.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication oral and written communication via tutorials and classroom discussion/online forums in study schools an online support area, as well the assessed work
Improving own Learning and Performance Self management: invited to make their own selections relating to sector for specialization/directed study through exercises in certain units and assessed work.
Information Technology Many of the activities are undertaken in the VLE and assessed work completed using Word and Powerpoint.
Personal Development and Career planning Career needs awareness ¿ reflective exercise in the final unit on personal need for continuing professional development
Problem solving e.g. independent project work: the selection of a case study from academic literature to consider problems facing records managers in times of rapid organisational change.
Research skills e.g. undertake a mini research analysis from a set of resources; the legislation/regulations and standards for a particular sector
Subject Specific Skills Professional skills development in the theory and practice of records management in an organisational environment
Team work Group activities ¿ tasked to construct joint Glossary and Milestones for record keeping online.


This module is at CQFW Level 7