Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedNot offered in 2014


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 be able to explain theories and models relating to recordkeeping and archiving;
  • be able to identify recordkeeping and archiving requirements relating to the creation, management, accessibility and use of records as evidence of social and organisational activity in a range of business, community and social contexts;
  • have the skills to develop and implement disposal instruments, and to implement metadata standards
  • be able to analyse and evaluate appraisal, metadata management, access and use programs in relation to contemporary and historical recordkeeping systems and digital electronic recordkeeping systems; and
  • be able to analyse and evaluate appraisal and metadata management, access and use policies, strategies, tactics and tools with reference to international and national standards and best practice, and the needs of all stakeholders.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory or tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.


(FIT2074 or FIT2054) and 12 points of FIT level 2 units or equivalent


FIT5087, IMS3610, IMS5010, LAR3631

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