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Subject details

  • Topics
    • History and role of the profession
    • Archival theory and practice
    • Apraisal and accessioning
    • Archival description
    • Outreach and public programs
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject 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 - Test (10%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 4 - Exercise (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to the practice and theory of archives management. This subject 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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