Archives Concepts and Practice - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Investigation (40%) , Assignment 2 - Site Visit (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,450.00
International 2,700.00

This unit introduces students to the practice and theory of archives management. This unit is grounded in an understanding of international archival principles, which are well formulated and form the basis of practice in this continually evolving environment. Topics include archival theory, appraisal, acquisition and accessioning, arrangement and description and access regimes and challenges.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. synthesise theories, principles, and standards of international best practice archival management and apply in context
  2. understand the relationships between archival best practice and information, memory and accountability industries
  3. evaluate the archival needs of an organisation and promote appropriate archival management policies and practices
  4. communicate appropriately for an academic and business audience
  5. research and contextualise practical applications against theoretical frameworks in the management of recordkeeping and archival services.
  • Assignment 1 — Investigation (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Site Visit (10%)
  • Assignment 3 — Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 4 — Exercise (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • INFM270 — Archives Concepts and Practice

Mandatory co-requisites

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Students will be provided with a list of topics in their Unit Outline

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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