Postgraduate taught 

Information Management & Preservation MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Archives & Records Theory ARTMED5006

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course outlines the basic principles of archives and records theory. Looking at the way in which theory sits alongside and influences professional practice, this course covers topics such as record keeping theory and principles, notions of the active and inactive record, the role of record keeping within modern society, ways in which theory influences policy development, and is in turn influenced by legislation, the balance between organisational needs and wants, legislation, and the likely needs of future researchers.

Timetable

Seminars, 2 hours a week for 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Essay (c. 2,500 words) - 50%

Appraisal Report (c. 2,500 words) - 50%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ outline the basic principles of archives & records theory.

■ look at the way in which theory sits alongside and influences professional practice

■ look at topics such as record keeping theory and principles

■ explore theories of the active & inactive record

■ explore the role of record keeping within modern society

■ look at ways in which theory influences policy development, and is in turn influenced by legislation

■ examine the balance between organisational needs & wants, legislation and the likely needs of future researchers.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ describe the historical traditions of archival theory and current trends in archival theory and thinking;

■ explain the relationship between archival theory and practice;

■ explain the role of the record keeper to modern society, and of record keeping to society;

■ produce evidence of an awareness of ethical issues that must be considered by archives and records management professionals.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.