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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)


This unit relates to the fundamental role of recordkeeping professionals in society to provide access to recorded information in the form of essential evidence of social and organisational activity for business, commercial, governmental, social, and cultural purposes. It covers the role of recordkeeping in society and organisations, functional requirements for evidence, the formulation of recordkeeping policy, strategies and tactics, the establishment of recordkeeping regimes, business functional analysis, appraisal and disposal, the development of metadata schemas and their implementation in recordkeeping systems.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand the role of records and archives in organisations and society;
  • understand and apply theories and models relating to recordkeeping and archiving;
  • be able to specify recordkeeping requirements relating to the creation, management, and accessibility of records as evidence of social and organisational activity in a range of business and social contexts;
  • have the skills to develop appraisal and metadata management programs in relation to contemporary and historical recordkeeping systems, including electronic recordkeeping systems; and
  • be able to formulate appraisal and metadata management policies, strategies, tactics and tools with reference to international and national standards and best practice.


Examination (2 hours): 45%; In-semester assessment: 55%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Sue McKemmish

Contact hours

3 hrs seminar/wk


One of FIT2054, IMS2102 or IMS2603 and 12 points of FIT level 2 units or equivalent


FIT5087, IMS3610, IMS5010, LAR3631

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: