|Assessment length / details
|Essay 2 3000 Words
|Essay 1 2000 Words
|Resit Essay 2 3000 Words
|Resit Essay 1 2000 Words
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify different types of records and discuss their specific historical contexts.
2. Explain the distinctive characteristics of recordkeeping practice and discuss these within specific historical contexts.
3. Evaluate and analyse how recordkeeping is affected by cultural, social, political, historical and economic environments in which it is situated.
4. Assess the impact of technology on recordkeeping practice and culture.
5. Identify, and critically engage with, a range of secondary materials (articles, books, web-based resources) on the historical development of record keeping.
This module explores the history and development of recordkeeping and why societies capture information in recorded form. This wideranging overview module begins with an examination of ‘recordkeeping’ in pre-script societies, and explores the history of recordkeeping through a series of several ‘revolutions’ from the rise of manuscript culture through to the rise of the digital record.
The development of writing
Ancient recordkeeping societies, notably Babylon, Sumer and other clay tablet empires, but also Egypt and China
Greek and Roman recordkeeping
Medieval scribal culture
The rise of print culture and rise of the antiquarians
The professionalization of recordkeeping and growth of archive services
The information explosion and rise of digital recordkeeping.
|Application of Number
|Written skills through essay submissions . Discussion in seminars (not assessed).
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Developing confidence in oral discussion and debate through seminar contribution and presentations Developing confidence in written work and responding to previous feedback.
|Appropriate use of IT to identify relevant primary and secondary sources.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Wider appreciation of record keeping culture for those planning to work in archive/library/record environments.
|Through critical interpretation of essay questions and ability to evaluate and use appropriate sources in researching and writing assignments.
|Through identification of appropriate secondary reading. Through critical analysis of and engagement with secondary reading.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Developing and understanding of academic subject and the relationship to professional issues.
This module is at CQFW Level 5