INF527 Records, Archives and Society (8)


This subject provides a detailed introduction to the role of record keeping and archiving in an environment where records form an important role in providing accountability, evidence, information and memory.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF527
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF315, INF316 or INF335.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
INF315 INF316 INF335 INF316 Common Subject Material
INF315 Common Subject Material
INF335 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate that they are fully aware of the environment within which any record keeping and archiving policies and practices exist;
  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of the evolution of various models of record keeping and archival practice;
  • be able to demonstrate that they are fully aware of the ethical and legal environment within which record keeping and archives function;
  • be able to show that they understand the key concepts of authenticity, reliability and integrity of records;
  • be able to demonstrate that they are familiar with some of the key national and international standards relevant to the industry;
  • be able to show that they understand the records lifecycle and related theories; and
  • be able to show that they are familiar with local, national and international records and archives policies.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The purpose of record keeping, evidential, accountability, memory. Information as a business asset ? why records are kept. Archival principles
  • Records in business, government, organisations, individuals. Traditional and electronic
  • History of record keeping, archiving; key identities, models and approaches
  • Local, national and international information policies and issues
  • Concepts of authenticity, reliability, integrity and usability over time; risk
  • Ethics, codes of practice, policies, the legal environment, jurisdictions
  • Standards and their role
  • Record keeping and archives today; the records continuum, life cycle, the importance of provenance.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.