Archives and Records Management MARM/PGDipARM

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months PGDipARM Full-time: 9 months   Part-time: 24 months PGDipARM Part-time: 18 months
  • Programme start: October 2020
  • Entry requirements: You should normally have a 2:1 Honours degree and relevant work experience to demonstrate your knowledge of the archives and records management profession.
Archives and Records Management marm

Module details

Compulsory modules

Record-keeping Theory and Practice (HIST577)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop a critical awareness of record-keeping theory and its application in practice in records management and archival environments;

To convey knowledge about relevent record-keeping standards and their practical application within different organisational contexts;

To develop an understanding of the relationship between record-keeping and other professions and disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Improved cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, including the ability to identify and use evidence, concepts and theories to develop a well-structured argument

(LO2) An awareness of texts, authors and debates relevant to the module and an ability to assess the associated ideas, arguments and contribution in relation to theory and practice

(LO3) An improved ability to interrogate the relationship between theory and practice, including the ability to apply subject knowledge, skills and understanding critically and effectively to real-world situations

(LO4) An improved ability to describe, contextualise and offer explanations for the complexity and diversity of events, practices and mentalities in areas relevant to the module

(LO5) Deeper appreciation of the value of records and their management to support legal, financial, political and cultural functions in personal, organisational, community and/or societal contexts relevant to the scope of the module

(LO6) Knowledge and critical understanding of relevant standards and best practice for the identification, classification, cataloguing and/or indexing of records (current and/or archival) and an ability to deploy them appropriately in different contexts and for different user groups

(LO7) Improved personal skills, including time management, planning and organisational skills, formulating relevant questions, problem-solving and decision-making

(LO8) Awareness of the role of technology in relation to the topics covered by the module and an ability to use technology in ways appropriate to the scope of the module

(S1) Information skills - Record-keeping

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S6) Time and project management - Project management

(S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S8) Information skills - Critical reading

(S9) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

Recordkeeping Systems and the Organisational Context (HIST575)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Analyse recordkeeping requirements within specific organisational contexts and regulatory environments;

Understand the impact of external public policy requirements/internal drivers on the work of the record-keeper;

Analyse and evaluate recordkeeping systems whether those comprise (electronic) records management systems, hybrid systems or archive keeping systems;

Identify best practice for processing records and archives: e.g. records surveys, audits, scheduling, records centre management; archival collections policies, acquisition, accession and processing and maintenance;

Demonstrate knowledge of information, records and archival management standards and regulations.

Learning Outcomes

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

(LO2) An improved ability to interrogate the relationship between theory and practice, including the ability to apply subject knowledge, skills and understanding critically and effectively to real- life situations.

(LO3) An improved ability to communicate appropriately for specified purposes and audiences, employing relevant oral and/or written presentation skills

(LO4) Appropriate knowledge of the legal, reultatory and organiastional environments of recod-keeping and their impact on records creation and record-keeping practice

(LO5) Deeper appreciation of the value of records and their management to support legal, financial, political and cultural functions in personal, organisational, community and/or societal contexts relevant to the scope of the module

(LO6) An improved ability to interact with individuals and groups in relevant settings, including group or team work, and an understanding of the principles of customer service relevant to the scope of the module

(LO7) Improved understanding of record-keeping systems and processes relevant to the module and assessment of their value in supporting stakeholder needs

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading

(S4) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

(S5) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

English Post-medieval Records (reading and Interpretation) (HIST579)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting45:55
Aims

To give a practical grounding in reading and transcribing the main types of vernacular script encountered in English archives post-1500;

To provide knowledge of the context of creation, as well as the palaeography and diplomatic of a range of historical records encountered in local government, diocesan and specialist repositories;

To familiarise students with the diplomatic formulae used in legal, financial and administrative records;

To introduce students to the knowledge and skills required for the description and interpretation of conveyancing instruments;

To provide students with the interpretative knowledge required to produce professional finding aids and to assist with researh enquiries;

To explore the problems associated with the interpretation and exploitation of early modern records.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An understanding of the role and value of palaeography and diplomatic in record-keeping theory and practice

(LO2) Knowledge of the development of letter forms and scripts during the period and in the country covered by the module, including abbreviations and contractions

(LO3) An ability to read, transcribe and, where necessary, translate and interpret, accurately documents from the period and country covered by the module, demonstrating knowledge of the conventions of transcription

(LO4) Relevant understanding of the contexts of creation and preservation of records, archives and other traces from the past and their relative value as evidence for historical research

(LO5) An improved ability to communicate appropriately for specified purposes and audiences, employing relevant oral and/or written presentation skills

(S1) Ability to read, transcribe and interpret historical documents

(S2) Ability to produce clear, structured written work

(S3) Self management and discipline including time-management

Managing Services, Access and Preservation (HIST578)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide the student with general management skills through their application in record-keeping environments;

To enable the student to design and implement effective policies and procedures for preserving records and making them accessible in appropriate ways for the widest possible variety of uses and users;

To help the student to identify and communicate the mission and objectives of an archives or records management service in appropriate ways to a variety of stakeholders.

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 record-keeping, 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 creation and record-keeping practice

(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 research methods 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

(LO8) An improved ability to interact with individuals and groups in relevant settings, including group or team work, and an understanding of the principles of customer service relevant to the scope of the module

(LO9) Appropriate understanding of materials used in records creation and the causes of deterioration in order to identify appropriate methods of conservation, both active and preventative

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – envisioning

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

(S6) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

(S7) Working in groups and teams - Leadership

(S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S10) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

(S11) Commercial awareness - Ability to analyse/balance risk and reward

(S12) Commercial awareness - Customer service skills

(S13) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

Dissertation (HIST550)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To enable the student to complete a piece of original research drawing on relevant primary and secondary source material to publishable standard.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The ability to identify a genuine professional or historical problem or issue, and successfully describe its nature and scope

(LO2) A systematic knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of key themes and approaches in the study of the field covered by the pathway/MA programme

(LO3) An ability to engage with current historiographical and theoretical debates appropriate to MA level in an informed, analytical and critical manner

(LO4) An ability to interpret and evaluate a diverse range of primary source material critically and empathetically, while addressing questions of content, genre, authorship, and audience

(LO5) The acquisition of practical academic skills, demonstrated through task-based activities including compiling a bibliography, writing and discussing essays, adopting correct citation practice, leading workshops and giving oral presentations

(LO6) An ability to develop arguments that systematically and creatively organize, synthesize and present clearly large bodies of historical and literary material in written and oral form.

(LO7) An ability to demonstrate self-direction and originality in undertaking a piece of independent research culminating in the writing of a dissertation

(LO8) The ability to present a major piece of independent work showing clarity of structure and style and in accordance with appropriate presentation guidelines

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S6) Research skills - All Information skills

(S7) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

(S8) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

(S9) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

(S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience

Optional modules

International Record Keeping (HIST561)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Demonstrate understanding of the evolution of different models of record keeping theory and practice though awareness of the impact of different political, historical and cultural traditions on record-keeping theory and practice;  

Evaluate record keeping theory and practice in his/her own country in the light (1) and identify any professional ethical issues deriving from those circumstances;

Evaluate the role and effectiveness of international organisations and development agencies;

Discuss issues surrounding globalisation and human rights and analyse the professional ethical issues which may be part of these;  

Analyse the problems relating to the application of national and international standards: the convergence and divergence in theories and practices and the centrality of language and translation;

Demonstrate informed understanding of professional debates surrounding globalisation and human rights.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An awareness of texts, authors and debates relevant to the module and an ability to assess the associated ideas, arguments and contribution in relation to theory and practice.

(LO2) An improved ability to describe, contextualise and offer explanations for the complexity and diversity of events, practices and mentalities in areas relevant to the module.

(LO3) Appropriate knowledge of the professional context of record-keeping, 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 creation and record-keeping practice.

(LO5) Deeper appreciation of the value of records and their management to support legal, financial, political and cultural functions in personal, organisational, community and/or societal contexts relevant to the scope of the module.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - oral

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

(S4) Global citizenship - Ethical awareness

Medieval Palaeography (marm) (HIST540)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To enable students to revise and practise their skills in Latin grammar, and to gain an understanding of medieval usage and a familiarity with medieval word lists and textbooks.

To develop palaeography skills through written and verbal exercises, so as to be able to translate a variety of documents commonly encountered in local record offices.

To enable students to recognise and transcribe the different scripts, abbreviations and contractions, found in administrative, legal and financial records produced by English manors, central and local ecclesiastical and secular courts, and parochial and civil administrations, dating from 1100 to 1500.

To familiarize students with the language and diplomatic formulae used, so that they may identify and understand the records and their historical significance.

To equip students with the skills required to provide competent archival finding aids and assist the public in the search room.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An improved ability to read the language covered by the module, and the development of appropriate linguistic tools and metalanguage to describe and analyse its main features, making effective use of relevant language reference materials

(LO2) Knowledge of the development of letter forms and scripts during the period and in the country covered by the module, including abbreviations and contractions

(LO3) An ability to read, transcribe, translate and interpret, accurately documents from the period and country covered by the module, demonstrating knowledge of the conventions of transcription

(S1) Working knowledge of Latin

(S2) Ability to read, transcribe and interpret historical documents

(S3) Self management and discipline including time-management

Digital Records: Their Nature, Use and Preservation in the Information Society (HIST566)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide students with an understanding of how ICT has affected, and will continue to affect, the role of the professional recordkeeper and the records / archives s/he manages;

To demonstrate how digital applications and resources can be applied in the ARM workplace, operationally and culturally, for a wide range of users;

To alert students to the resources available for managing digital provision, especially digital preservation, in the professional environment.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An understanding the impact of ICTs on the nature, creation and exploitation production of records and on working practices

(LO2) Engagement with ICT applications in the ARM environment, informed by knowledge of the extent to which ARM theory underpins such applications

(LO3) Ability to appreciate the needs of a wide range of users within the digital environment, in both operational and cultural contexts

(LO4) Development of awareness of (inter)national digital preservation initiatives and programmes and understaning of the tools necessary to implement a DP programme

(S1) Improving own learning / performance

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills

(S3) Commercial awareness - relevant understanding of organisations


Students undertaking this programme on a part-time basis will take 30 credits per semester as follows:

Year 1. Semester 1: HIST577; Semester 2: HIST578

Year 2. Semester 1: HIST575, HIST579; Semester 2: 30 credits from HIST561/HIST540/HIST566.

The MARM dissertation (HIST550) is submitted in September following the end of Semester 2.