INF338 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 recordkeeping metadata, appraisal tools and approaches, disposal practices, technology and record keeping systems long term preservation, finally reviewing the evolving approach to access engendered by the move to an open, digital environment.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF338. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF315, INF316 or INF528.

Subject Relationships

INF528 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

INF315, INF316, INF528

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a coherent and broad understanding of the technological and organisational aspects of record keeping and archiving infrastructure and systems;
  • to be able apply critical thinking, problem solving and technical skills and knowledge of appropriate practices and procedures for capturing both analogue and digital records;
  • to be able to review and synthesise knowledge of the issues, standards and processes involved in describing records and archives;
  • be able to demonstrate critical understanding of various approaches to appraisal and disposal;
  • be able to communicate clearly and effectively knowledge of appropriate policies and standards for the long term preservation of both analogue and digital collections; and
  • be able to comminicate clearly and coherently to an audience knowledge of the provision of access to archives in the digital environment.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of records and record keeping systems
  • Record keeping infrastructure and professional roles
  • Record keeping metadata
  • Descriptive standards for records and archives
  • Appraisal and disposal
  • Technology and digital records
  • Implementing record keeping systems
  • Digitisation and management of digital objects
  • Storage and care of analogue and digital collections
  • Preservation policy and practice
  • Access policy and practice
  • Advocacy and public programs.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.