Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Recordkeeping Theories and Contexts
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  (3000 words)  100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (3000 words)  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

​1. Discuss the nature of archives and records with reference to appropriate critics and critical paradigms.

2. Analyse the impact of social, political, cultural, and technological developments on the recordkeeping environment.

3. Evaluate the role of the legal and regulatory framework in which archives and records operate.

4. Critically examine the role and responsibilities of the recordkeeping professional.

5. Discuss the role and application of professional codes of conduct.

Brief description

This module introduces students to a range of core concepts around the nature, use, and role of archives and records for individuals, organizations, and society. It explores the place of recordkeeping in the broader information field and the social, economic, political, and technological environment in which it operates. Students will be introduced to the role of the records professional and the administrative, legal, regulatory, and ethical frameworks within which they work.


Key content and themes for this module include:

The nature of archives and records
Examining the changing definitions of archives and records and the factors which have occasioned those changes, and the relationship of archives and records within the information sector, and different models of recordkeeping.

Recordkeeping contexts and responsibilities
Exploring the historical, evidential, legal, and cultural role of archives and records for individuals, organizations, and society, and the changing perceptions of the role of the recordkeeper, including professional standards of conduct.

The recordkeeping environment
Discussion of the regulatory and legislative environment for recordkeeping and the impact of these for managing archives and records.

Appraising records and archives
Explores the theories, function, and challenges of appraisal in the recordkeeping environment, and examines why it is such a significant activity.

Drivers for recordkeeping
An examination of the current political, economic, social, and technological factors driving recordkeeping and how the profession is responding.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Effective oral communication will be required in seminars (not assessed) and written skills and style will be tested through assessment.
Improving own Learning and Performance Informal feedback on seminar work and formal feedback on assignments will facilitate student development.
Information Technology To produce work, identify appropriate source material.
Personal Development and Career planning Module introduces students to the role and responsibilities of the recordkeeping professional.
Problem solving Interpretation of essay question.
Research skills Identification of appropriate literature to support discussion and essay.
Subject Specific Skills n/a
Team work Some collaborative work will be required as part of preparation for seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 7