Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Digital Risk and Asset Management
Academic Year
Distance Learning

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other DL materials: printed module book plus VLE activities, discussion forum areas and tutor support. The activities include a range of discussion forums specifically related to learning our comes in the units, video/lecture capture and active learning exercises including blogs, Wikis and other social media, either formatively or summatively assessed.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  3,000 words  40%
Semester Assessment Report/development plan  2,500 words  35%
Semester Assessment Portfolio  2,000 words  25%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  3,000 words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Report/development plan  2,500 words  35%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio  25%

Learning Outcomes

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

Critically analyse the landscape and identify relevant trends and developments which affect the management of digital assets, particularly those required for operational, evidential or archival purposes.

Categorise key information risks facing organisations and critically analyse different risk management approaches

Articulate historical and current theoretical approaches, and systematically assess their value for addressing the challenges facing professionals

Apply current solutions for managing information in practical scenarios and interpret the implications of current research

Elaborate on the educational, research and ethical challenges facing professionals responsible for digital risk and asset management

Create policies, plans and procedures to ensure the security, authenticity and integrity of data, information and records and ensure they meet legal admissibility requirement within a risk framework

Critically reflect on the methodologies which have evolved and are evolving to address the issues associated with email, web sites and web 2.0 for example and propose innovative and flexible approaches to the technological advances to come.

Brief description

This 30 credit module addresses the principles of risk and asset management in the context of modern organisations and the digital landscape. Students obtain a grounding that balances theory and practice, with specific emphasis on the impact of risk and technology. The linking of computer networks and the divergence of the global market places growing pressure on organisations to respond. This module prepares records, archives, information managers and others interested in briader information asset management to take a pivotal role in organisational policy-making, joining ranks with other specialists to address the issues of governance, accountability and compliance.


Context and current trends
Overview of landscape and the systems currently employed.
Definitions and understanding of the evolving information ecology and the risk management framework in which digital assets now function.
Research and solutions
Current research and theoretical considerations regarding the appropriate methodologies for dealing with the issues: standards and best practice guidance.
New Frontiers
Challenges posed by new technologies as they emerge – future proofing, including the significant and specific problems relating to security, preservation and continued access.

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: invited to make their own selections relating to 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 encouraged and assessed through the group project exercise and report
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 digital records and information
Team work Group activities are integral to the teaching of this module.


This module is at CQFW Level 7