INF528 Records and Archives Practice (8)


This subject provides a detailed introduction to the major practices necessary to establish an effective and efficient record keeping and archiving environment.  The subject looks at the technical, managerial and policy infrastructure necessary to ensure an effective records and archives service is built and maintained.  Topics covered include classification systems, appraisal tools and approaches, disposal practices, technology and record keeping systems and long term preservation, finally reviewing the evolving approach to access engendered by the move to an open, digital environment.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF528
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 INF306, INF309 or INF338.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
INF306 INF309 INF338 INF338 Paired Subject
INF306 Common Subject Material
INF309 Common Subject Material

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key components comprising any record keeping and archiving management system;
  • be able to apply in-depth knowledge, critical thinking and informed judgment to practices and procedures for capturing both analogue and digital records;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of various approaches to appraisal, and apply this knowledge to practice in the diposal of records;
  • be able to analyse and reflect critically on issues surrounding standards and processes involved in acquiring and describing archival records;
  • be able to design and evaluate appropriate policies and standards for the long term care of both analogue and digital collections; and
  • be able to implement appropriate policies and standards to enable access to records and archives .


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Aims and characteristics of record keeping systems
  • Key components of the record keeping infrastructure
  • The impact of technology; digitisation and digital objects
  • Appraisal, capture
  • Description, registration, classification, metadata
  • Storage, custody, care and handling, preservation
  • Accessibility
  • Disposal.


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.