Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Digital Information: Management for Access and Preservation
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
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 Semester 1 Assesment  3,000 words report  50%
Semester Assessment Semester 2 Assesment  3,000 words report  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Outline types, and give examples of a range of digital information resources and explain the challenges in specifying, managing and evaluating a digital collection;

Describe the stages in a digitisation project and explain the importance of knowing about Intellectual Property Rights;

Give examples of searching and presentation issues to be considered when providing access to digital information;

Demonstrate an understanding of, and critically assess national and international standards, frameworks and models for digital information discovery and delivery and digital preservation;

Provide an analytical, contextual account of the development of digital preservation as a 21st century information issue;

Identify and critically evaluate the characteristics of digital objects, justify the need to preserve each characteristic for continued access and develop a strategy for digital preservation;

Propose methods for developing and maintaining control over a complex array of digital forms and formats, which address the necessary conditions, techniques and models for digital preservation;

Formulate rational hypotheses regarding the potential role of institutional repositories and open access initiatives in enabling digital information discovery and delivery and digital preservation.

Brief description

In Semester 1 students of this module will explore and critically assess ways in which digital information is created, acquired, organised and presented within digital libraries so as to support its discovery and delivery.

In semester 2 students will be provided with the theoretical knowledge and skills required to ensure the long-term accessibility to such information through the development and administration of a digital preservation programme.


Semester 2 lectures/seminar topics will comprise:
• Digital preservation, directives and the discipline
• Digital preservation standards
• Lifecycle management of digital materials
• The policy environment
• Digital preservation strategies, tools and metadata
• XML for metadata and digital preservation
• Designing and creating curation ready data and storage media for digital preservation
• Preservation information packages
• Preservation software

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Data analysis, structuring and sorting.
Communication A requirement to discuss and collaborate with members of the group in both seminar and practical work and formative presentation work.
Improving own Learning and Performance Use of professional sources and documentation will foster student awareness of available learning resources, and improve critical and evaluatory skills.
Information Technology IT skills are integral to coursework and presentation of assignments, along with computer based practical exercises.
Personal Development and Career planning The module provides an academic baseline and essential skills for information professionals
Problem solving Assignment work and seminar activities will utilize professional scenarios in which strategies for dealing with particular issues and problems need to be formulated.
Research skills Assignment preparation will require the identification and location of relevant academic and professional literature, and best practice within the profession.
Subject Specific Skills Professional skills in the management and preservation of digital information will be developed.
Team work Group activities are integral to the teaching of this module and to classroom exercises.


This module is at CQFW Level 7