Module Identifier DSM2820  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Sarah J Horton  
Semester Available all semesters  
Other staff Ms Tanya C Rogers  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay approx 2,000 words  40%
Semester Assessment Archive office project equvalent to 4,000 word essay in terms of the enquiry  60%

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, you should be able to:

Brief description

Archives form part of a nation's heritage. They tell us about the policy-making of the past and the reasons behind those decisions; they reveal the existence and activities of individuals; they provide us with an insight into the lives and circumstances of past generations.
For the administrator, records are the basic tools of business or administrative transactions. They are used to justify official actions, to record proceedings, to explain and record policy decisions, and to establish and maintain rights under the law for citizens, corporations and governments. When set aside for permanent preservation as archives, they act as the corporate memory of institutions, associations and businesses and represent an essential research tool for the historian.
This module introduces the principles of archive administration and provides the necessary information to allow you to apply them to the management of archives, to appreciate current trends in archive management, and to understand the development of archive theory.


This module is at CQFW Level 7