INF431 Preservation of Audiovisual Materials (8)

The subject focuses on preservation requirements for audiovisual materials, both analogue and digital. Methods for identifying different moving image and sound materials are explored, as are measures for determining deterioration characteristics, both active and passive. Storage and handling practices such as risk and vault management are also discussed. Digitisation processes for audiovisual materials are covered and an introduction to digital preservation is provided. Ethics, professional practice, handling, occupational health and safety considerations and standards are integrated into all aspects of the subject.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF431. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain how and why different audiovisual objects came into being;
  • be able to explain why audiovisual objects deteriorate and be able to recognise the type and extent of deterioration;
  • be able to implement emergency preparedness and disaster management practices;
  • be able to implement appropriate preservation and storage methods including digitisation for various types of audiovisual media;
  • be able to identify and describe approaches for duplicating audio and video materials; and
  • be able to demonstrate awareness of principles for managing digital audiovisual objects.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Audiovisual preservation in context
  • Storage and security
  • Ongoing collection management and transport of audiovisual materials
  • Emergency preparedness and disaster management
  • Audiovisual media
  • Human perception of audio and motion
  • Magnetic tape
  • Audio - history and technology
  • Video
  • Film
  • Duplication of audio and moving image
  • Digital audiovisual management and preservation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF431 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
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Forum participation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.