Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Records and Information Governance
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 3.000 words  50%
Semester Assessment Report /development plan 3,000 words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 3000  Submission of supplementary coursework for failed coursework element in line with the learing outcomes of the original assignment  50%
Supplementary Assessment Report /develpment plan  50%

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 information required for operational, evidential or archival purposes.

*Articulate current theoretical approaches, and systematically assess their value for addressing the challenges facing the profession

  • 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 records and information governance

*Create policies, plans and procedures to ensure the security, authenticity and integrity of data/information and records and ensure they meet legal admissibility requirement

*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

The module addresses the principles of Records and Information Governance 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 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 and information managers 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.
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 preservation and continued access.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
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 the theory and practice in an organisational environment
Team work Group activities are integral to the teaching of this module, and to classroom exercises.


This module is at CQFW Level 7