Conservation and Preservation - 2017

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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: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Exercises (30%) , Presentation (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

Explores the strategies and practices that information professionals use to cope with the problem of deteriorating materials. These range from practical low-cost actions that may be implemented by information professionals in every kind of working environment, to strategies that can only be administered at a national, sometimes even international, level.

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

  1. identify major causes of deterioration of information-bearing media in information centres
  2. describe current practices and techniques used to counteract such deterioration
  3. evaluate the preservation needs of an information centre and develop a program
  4. understand the issues involved in the transition from paper assets and objects to digital information, and the long term preservation of digital information
  5. manage the lifecycle of digital information
  6. develop an understanding of copyright law and digital preservation
  7. research and contexualise the practical application and theoretical issues raised by evolving technological tools in the long term preservation of corporate information.
  • Exercises (30%)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Report (40%)

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

2Preservation and conservation
3Digital preservation
4Designing a preservation program

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • 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.
  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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