Our undergraduate courses include...

CAIS currently offers three modules at undergraduate level. Aimed at those who have some limited experience of working with archives or similar material, the modules offer a basic introduction to aspects of recordkeeping theory and practice. The modules can be taken by those working with, or wishing to work with archives but will also be useful for those in the museum, library or heritage sector. They are also useful for archivists and heritage professionals with a little more experience, but wishing to brush up on their knowledge and skills. 

An Introduction to the Management of Archives

  • An introduction to theory and practice: reasons why archives are kept and how they might be used; concepts relating to archive management; functions and activities of archivists
  • Collecting, accessioning and appraisal: how decisions are made regarding what to collect; the factors that should and do influence decisions regarding what to keep and destroy
  • Arrangement and description: approaches to arranging and cataloguing archives
  • Preservation: how archives should be stored and handled to assist in their long-term preservation
  • Access: dealing with users; standards and legislation; outreach and dissemination
  • Collections management; priorities, policies and strategies

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Outreach and Education: an Introduction to the Promotion of Archives

  • An introduction to dissemination: definitions of heritage and dissemination; drivers for dissemination
  • Dissemination and outreach activities: identifying audiences; creating a strategy; working with others
  • Practical outreach: talks and presentations; educational activities with schools and lifelong learners; exhibitions; publications
  • Online resources: promotion and outreach online
  • Oral history: reasons for oral history; managing oral history projects
  • Managing dissemination: advocacy; management and funding; communications; evaluation

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An Introduction to Digitisation and Digital Preservation

  • Introduction: different types of digital records
  • Digitisation: why and how (including metadata and standards but excluding storage and access)
  • Digital Preservation I: the content lifecycle; fundamental problems; key concepts.
  • Digital Preservation II: organisational approaches; technical strategies; preservation planning
  • Business cases for digitisation and preservation projects.

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Key features

  • all content delivered online in a fully supported environment
  • expert tutors with a wide range of practical and research experience
  • no exams, continuous assessment through tasks, essays and reports
  • regular feedback from tutors, discussions with other students and support from administrative staff
  • at least 15 hours a week study time required
  • modules carry 10 credits at undergraduate level 3

Programme structure

Modules last for  seven weeks (10 credits) plus 2 weeks for submission of an assignment.