Never has records management had a higher profile than today. In the public sector freedom of information and data protection legislation have undoubtedly been the driving forces behind this and, in the private sector, corporate governance scandals. It is now widely acknowledged that the effective management of records has a number of organisational benefits that extend beyond compliance and accountability to include improved decision making and increased effectiveness and efficiency of business operations.
This course is designed to be a careful balance between the knowledge demanded and the immediate skills needed for managing records in the increasingly complex electronic environment and in dynamic organisational contexts, enabling students to adapt to organisational, cultural and technological change.
One of the most attractive attributes of this programme is the inclusion of two study schools, one at the outset and one in the second year of study. Although optional most students do attend to meet staff face-to-face, develop a supportive peer network and enjoy the enhanced facilities provided in a major £7 million refurbishment programme.
At the end of the programme students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature of information and knowledge; the principles and processes of their organisation, storage, retrieval and management; the related technological systems, and the legal and regulatory context. Furthermore they will also be able to demonstrate enhanced transferable skills in communication skills, information literacy (including information retrieval, organisation, evaluation and dissemination), reflective skills for independent and lifelong learning, time management and team skills.
Year 1 Modules
LI0793 Recordkeeping practice: systems, tools and procedures (CORE, 20 Credits)
LI0794 Recordkeeping principles:theory and concepts (CORE, 20 Credits)
LI0796 Organising Knowledge (CORE, 20 Credits)
LI0797 Managing in the Information environment (CORE, 20 Credits)
LI0799 User Centred Approaches to Info Service Development (CORE, 10 Credits)
Year 2 Modules
LI0709 Research Methods for Information Management (CORE, 10 Credits)
LI0762 Masters Dissertation Information Management (CORE, 60 Credits)
LI0792 Electronic recordkeeping (CORE, 20 Credits)
COURSEWORK AND ASSESSMENT
There are no examinations. All modules are assessed either by prescribed assignments, such as presentations or reports, or by submission of evidence for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
This degree is accredited by the Society of Archivists and the Records Management Society (GB) was involved in its validation. The degree is also approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, CILIP, whose professional qualifications are awarded after appropriate work experience has been completed and professional development attained.
The programme aims to study records management in relation to the needs of all types of organisation, positioning it firmly within the context of organisational and business drivers. It helps students develop an awareness of the business context and business techniques, including quality systems and risk management, as they impact on and relate to record keeping theory and practice. Many graduates have achieved promotion in their own organisations or moved on to more senior positions in other organisations as a result of completing the programme.