Postgraduate taught 

Information Management & Preservation MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Archives and Records Information Management INFOST5006

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will cover the development of record keeping systems over the last 150 years, a range of Records Management issues, records appraisal, disaster planning and management techniques for record keeping professionals. It will provide also a brief overview of archives and records theory and of digital curation.


Seminars, 2 hours a week for 10 weeks

Excluded Courses





50% Short essay of c. 2,000 words

50% timed essay (four hours) - the timed essay is set to mirror a situation which might happen when practicing as an archivist, records manager, or digital curator, when a professional might be asked to submit a report or other response to a problem which has arisen in the service, or been posed by senior management.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Give students a thorough understanding of the principles behind archives and records management theory and practice;

■ Underpin the rest of the IMP programme by giving students a comprehensive insight into professional principles and concepts, and by providing them with a sound foundation from which to begin their professional practice;

■ outline the compliance and regulatory requirements of the creation, management, and disposal of records

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ explain differing approaches to records management and archives;

■ critically appreciate the differing issues surrounding archives and records management in the public and private sectors;

■ evidence a knowledge of the records lifecycle and the key relationship between archives and records management functions within many organisations including an ability to demonstrate how these may be applied;

■ appreciate the requirements for minimising legal and fiduciary risk;

■ Establish an awareness of the legal framework affecting record keeping outlined in national and international civil, criminal and company law.

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.