Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay - 3,000 words  50%
Semester Assessment Presentation - 3,000 words  50%
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 through practical application

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

assess 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) through problem based application

Brief description

All organisations create records in the course of their various activities. They vary in nature and content, including a wide variety of documentary materials and also, for example, photographs, maps and plans, all reflecting the operational and legal aspects of business transactions. Records constitute an essential information resource for the effective continuation of the business of the parent bodies: they justify official actions and policy decisions, provide precedent and supply evidence required for legal compliance and official audit.
The value and use of recorded information is dependent upon the ability to retrieve appropriate information when required and, thus, on good management of the records themselves. Records Management addresses the need for a systematic approach to managing this information resource throughout its life cycle, from creation to final disposition. It is a professional discipline which is primarily concerned with the management of document-based information systems, but must increasingly take account of electronic media. Records Management encompasses a range of stages and purposes within a systematic management process. Based on principles of regular review and a controlled retention/destruction programme, its general aim is to secure cost-effective efficiency and good practice


This module is at CQFW Level 7