Module Details

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Code ARIM004
Coordinator Dr M Reilly
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 6 FHEQ Whole Session 15


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

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Explain why preservation is vital to the successful management of records and archives.

(LO2) Plan and manage a preservation programme, including writing a preservation policy and compile a conservation strategy.

(LO3) Think creatively about the building that houses the organization and chart its effects, including measuring and recording environmental conditions.

(LO4) Construct and manage a packaging programme.

(LO5) Compile an emergency plan and respond to an emergency situation

(LO6) Understand the options for substitution

(LO7) Start discussions on digital preservation

(LO8) Demonstrate an understanding of the role of conservation services

(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 causes of damage to materials;

Environmental management;


Varying needs of different media;

Appropriate storage and handling;

Disaster management and basic emergency procedures;

Health and safety.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Online Discussions:
Learning blog.
Notes: Online learning blog in Canvas designed to encourage interaction with other students.

Online Quiz:
Xerte based test your learning quizzes.
Notes: Online test your learning quizzes designed to test whether learning outcomes have been achieved.

Suggested activities designed to explore practical implications of theoretical learning.
Notes: Activities are suggested to enable students to put into practice what they have learned and/or to learn through doing.

Self-Directed Learning: Students are given access to online learning materials which include reading, quizzes, a learning blog and suggested activities which are undertaken according to the student's requirements.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours             0
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 150


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    100       

Recommended Texts

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