Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Archives and Records - Practical Project
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio  (Report 3,000 words max. and catalogue of collection)  100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay or Report  (3000 words)  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

​1. Plan, manage and complete a practical project to ensure the physical and intellectual control of an archival, cultural heritage or information collection.

2. Apply relevant theories and best practice to appraise and arrange a collection.

3. Analyse preservation and conservation requirements and undertake basic preservation activities for a collection’s ongoing care and access.

4. Design appropriate data models for a collection’s documentation using relevant metadata standards and software.

5. Undertake the documentation of a collection for its ongoing access and management using appropriate standards and software.

6. Use reflective techniques to analyse and appraise personal professional development and learning.

Brief description

Students are given the opportunity to implement theoretical knowledge and skills gained throughout the course by planning and undertaking an extended practical project. Working alongside relevant professionals they will prepare, process and document an archival, cultural heritage or information collection so that it can be made available to the designated users.


This project based practical module applies theoretical constructs, relevant standards and best practice guidelines to process an archival, cultural heritage or information collection for access and future management. Students will work to:

Plan, manage and undertake a practical project working with relevant professionals;

Apply relevant theories and best practice to appraise and arrange the material;

Identify and use software and standards to create relevant documentation and an interoperable catalogue for the collection;

Assess and report on relevant preservation and conservation requirements and undertake basic preservation activities;

Reflect on professional development and learning.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Data creation, analysis, structuring and sorting.
Communication There will be a requirement to discuss and collaborate with relevant professionals. Written communication will be assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Reflection on the implementation of theory and learning throughout is integral to the module.
Information Technology IT skills and computer-based implementation are integral to coursework and presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning The module provides an academic baseline and essential skills for information professionals.
Problem solving Assignment work and practical activities will utilise 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 professional best practice.
Subject Specific Skills The planning and delivery of a project to process and make available an information collection.
Team work Students will need to collaborate with relevant professionals in the preparation of their portfolio.


This module is at CQFW Level 7