Module Identifier ILM2620  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Miss Sarah J Horton  
Semester Semester 2  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Information Policy Report Approx. 4,000 words  50%
Semester Assessment Essay Approx 3,500 words  50%

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module student should be able to:

Brief description

Records management is an essential tool to enable organisations to operate efficiently, transparently and accountably. Records managers are experts in storing and retrieving information and through record surveys and functional analysis, they are in a position to have a global view of organisational activity and the flow of information. Their skills have been developed in the context of paper records.
Although records management started out as an archival tool, its role is now being re-defined in response to technological and organisational change. Paper records which can be touched, read and understood are being replaced with elusive, intangible records which exist in cyber-space without a concrete form. Organisations which operate in this pressurised, networked environment are increasingly relying upon technological solutions for the management of their information. Nowadays many organisations are adopting Electronic Records Management Systems (ERMS) as a 'solution' to their recordkeeping problems.   
Records managers have the experience of managing information and must take this into the electronic arena and take a central place in organisational policy-making.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Public Records Office (1999) Managment, Appraisal and Preservatioon of Electronic Records. Volume 1. Principles 2nd. London : PRO
Public Records Office (1999) Managment, Appraisal and Preservatioon of Electronic Records. Volume 2. Procedures 2nd. London : PRO
Saffady, W (1998) Managing Electronic Records 2nd. Prairie Village, Kan ARMA International ISBN 0933887779


This module is at CQFW Level 7