Principles and Practice of Records Management module (RM50006)

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This module is about the principles and practice of records management and the broader discipline of 'recordkeeping'.  It looks at what records are and why they need to be 'managed', examines records management concepts and discusses the foundations for, and the key elements of, a records management programme.  In this module, you will be able to draw on what you have learned in any other core modules which you have already completed.  You will also be expected to draw on your own experience of records, whether or not you have worked in any area of 'recordkeeping'.

Main topics:

  • Organisations and records: nature of records; making, maintaining and managing records
  • Records management concepts: record life cycle; records continuum
  • Records management programmes – foundations: records management roles & responsibilities; records management policies; records systems development methodology; business analysis; records survey
  • Records management programmes – elements: records creation & capture; records classification; records storage; records retention; records destruction
  • Establishing a records management programme: developing a business case for a records management programme; selling records management

Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)


Paul Duller, Sarah Graham, Tim LoveringMiec Pierce Owen, Rachel Maguire, Andrew JanesCraig GeddesAnne Grzybowski, Claire Boyle David Canning Ryan Kerr