Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 14 Hours.
Practical Up to 3 hours of supervised practical work per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 Practical exercises  60%
Semester Assessment Essay  2,500 words  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

  • devise and manage an acquisitions policy

* be familiar with the principles of appraisal, weeding, sampling and de-accessioning

* be familiar with the development of the principles of archival description at an international and UK level

* have an in-depth knowledge of current international and national descriptive standards specifically ISAD(G), ISAAR and the NCA Rules and to be able to apply these standards in practice

* become proficient in the use of the archive management software package CALM 2000

* be aware of current developments in the area of networking and of the implications of electronic data exchange

Brief description

The `moral defense? of archives will be dealt with from acquisition to appraisal, weeding, sampling, de-accessioning, sorting, arranging, describing and the preparation of finding aids. The emphasis of the module is on students gaining a firm grasp of the principles that underpin archival description and of the relevant national and international standards.

A substantial part of the course is concerned with the impact of information technology on archival description and the dissemination of archival information by electronic means. Students will have the opportunity to use CALM2000, the current leading archive management software package. Students will also be made aware of current initiatives to create archive networks and of the development of protocols for electronic data exchange particularly Encoded Archival Description.


This module is intended to provide students with the skills they require to process archives from the point at which they are received into the repository to the point at which they are made available to researchers.


  • Collecting policy statements
  • Methods of acquisition
  • Archival appraisal
  • Development of the principles of archival description
  • Current international and UK descriptive standards
  • Archive networks and electronic data exchange
  • Archive management software


This module is at CQFW Level 7