Postgraduate taught 

Information Management & Preservation MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Management, Curation & Preservation of Digital Materials ARTMED5021

  • 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 gives students an appreciation of the management, curation & preservation of digital materials. Particular attention will be given to the application of theory to practice.


Weekly teaching sessions, normally totalling 10 x 1 hour lectures, 10 x 1 hour seminars, 10 x 1 hour practical classes.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements:  Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





50% will be a written essay or report, and 50% a project output. Together these will comprise approx., 5,000 words.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course examines core considerations in the creation, management, curation, and preservation of digital materials. It cuts across academic, public and private sectors to introduce students to a working knowledge of:

■ concepts that characterise the authenticity, integrity and reliability of digital materials

■ the principles that underpin the development of policies, and, the role of standards and practices that support the management, curation and preservation of data, information and knowledge;

■ the processes in information systems designed to ensure the long term accessibility of digital materials;

■ how organisations use digital technologies to create and manage digital materials; and,

■ what impact the transition from the analogue to the digital has on management, curation, and preservation of digital materials.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students who have successfully completed the course should be able to:

■ recognise the nature of digital information;

■ summarise the challenges posed by technology (e.g. media, system, software, format) obsolescence;

■ formulate the concepts and issues surrounding authenticity, integrity, and reliability in relation to digital information;

■ construct approaches for analysing and describing information systems;

■ differentiate and contrast the techniques and practices that underlie digital curation;

■ assess the impact that automation has had on archival theory and practice;

■ support decisions with respect to different approaches to appraising and curating digital materials; and,

■ design and evaluate strategies to meet stakeholder requirements for long-term management, curation and preservation of digital materials.

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.