Module Details

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Code HIST538
Coordinator Dr AC Buchanan
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 10


To introduce the student to the principles and practice of preservation management.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Substantive and detailed knowledge in areas designated by the module.

(LO2) An improved ability to communicate appropriately for specified purposes and audiences, employing relevant oral and/or written presentation skills.

(LO3) Appropriate knowledge of the professional context of records preservation, including awareness of relevant professional bodies and government and international agencies and their impact on record-keeping practice, and the relationship between record-keeping and other related professions.

(LO4) Appropriate knowledge of the legal, regulatory and organisational environments of record-keeping and their impact on records preservation.

(LO5) An ability to identify and analyse appropriate criteria (e.g. resource availability, stakeholder needs, risk assessment) for planning and decision-making within a range of contexts relevant to the module, including using of appropriate methods or research and analysis for identifying these criteria.

(LO6) An informed appreciation of professional and ethical frameworks, requirements and mechanisms for continuing professional development including analysis of their role and effectiveness in practice.

(LO7) Appropriate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles and techniques involved in effective leadership and management relevant to the content of the module.

(S1) Business and customer awareness basic understanding of the key drivers for business success – including the importance of innovation and taking calculated risks – and the need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty.

(S2) Communication and collaboration online participating in digital networks for learning and research.

(S3) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture.

(S4) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services.

(S5) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information.

(S6) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts, (eg measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae).

(S7) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen.

(S8) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/ secondary/ diverse sources, collecting and using data, applying research methods, applying ethics.

(S9) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.



Topics covered during the module may include:

Assessing preservation needs;

Identifying media and identifying causes of damage to materials;

Risk assessment;

Environmental management;


Varying preservation needs of different media;

Appropriate storage and handling;

Disaster management and emergency procedures;

Conservation ethics;

Health and safety.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Online learning package. A resource providing links to additional readings and online resources, highlighting key points and questions to consider, with integrated exercises and quizzes.
Interactive lectures and seminars, including guest lectures by relevant specialists. Held face to face or via Zoom/Teams as appropriate.
Trips, fieldwork and practical sessions: experiences and activities designed to exemplify and explore practical implications of theoretical learning.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           20


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 110


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Standard UoL penalties will apply. There will be a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously.    75       
Standard UoL penalties will apply. There will be a resit opportunity. This will be marked anonymously. .    25       

Recommended Texts

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