Archives Concepts and Practice - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Investigation (40%) , Exercises (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces students to the practice and theory of archives management. The 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. identify and interpret 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.
  • Analysis Task — Investigation (40%)
  • Exercises (20%)
  • FieldWork — Site Visit (10%)
  • Report (30%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access
  • Includes Travel — A site visit to an approved archives institution will be arranged during the course, and may require travel to a capital city or major regional centre. The visit forms part of the Report assessment.

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 part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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