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ARCHIVES AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT

Major Combinations: BA degree
NQF Level 5: ARM1502, ARM1503
NQF Level 6: ARM2601, ARM2602, ARM2603
NQF Level 7: ARM3701, ARM3702, ARM3703, ARM3704, ARM3705

Introducing Archives and Records Management - ARM1501
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with a sound understanding of the different concepts and principles in archives and records management so that they can apply these (concepts and principles) in managing records that promote transparency, accountability and the protection of human rights. The module also provides students with an understanding of the development of the field of archives and records management and how this field contributes to the broader field of Information Science by enhancing the management of information within society. The module also aims to foster a culture within students of recognising the significance of archives and records and the importance of managing these properly.
Managing Records - ARM1502
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Students who complete this module will have a sound understanding of the different theories and practices involved in the management of current records. The module intends to equip students with the necessary competencies to enable them to manage records in such a way that these may be used as an organisational resource to help make decisions and to improve productivity and efficiency, and to serve as the memory of a particular organisation.
Managing Archives - ARM1503
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with a sound understanding of the different concepts and principles in the field of archival science so that they can apply these in managing archives. The module also aims to foster a culture within students of recognising the significance of archival materials and the importance of managing these properly.
Preserving Records and Archives - ARM1504
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with a sound understanding of the different theories and practices relating to the preservation of records and archives. Additionally, the student credited with this module will be able to apply the basic principles and techniques of preservation to safeguard records and archival material.
Electronic Records Management - ARM1505
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with a firm theoretical foundation of the best practices regarding the care of electronic records, essential for the management of information in contemporary society. The module also provides students with an understanding of the development of electronic records and how the management of these materials contributes to the broader field of Information Science.
Appraisal and Disposal of Records - ARM2603
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Of this module is to equip students with relevant and appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies to explain and analyse the processes to be followed in appraisal, retention and disposal of records in different formats, according to sound records management practices. The module also equips students to be able to draft and compile a retention schedule with disposal instructions applicable to organisations in particular contexts.
Audio-Visual Archiving - ARM2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Of this module is to equip students with knowledge and skills in the specialized management of audio-visual materials in terms of creation, collection development, intellectual control, access and preservation. In this module students will be introduced to the theoretical and methodological knowledge necessary for the care of audio-visual archives, including visual and sound recordings, and other non-textual archives, such as cartographic, architectural and photographic archives. The module also provides an overview of the discipline, including its history and the development of audio-visual archives. In addition, students will gain insight and practical skills in organizing, caring for, and providing access to these materials in different environments.
Organising Records: Classification Systems - ARM2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to enable students to differentiate between different types of records as well as record classifications systems. The students will be able to identify, develop and apply records classification systems for different contexts. Students will also be able to compile appropriate finding aids that facilitate access to records on all types of media, including electronic records management applications, as well as comply with South African and international trends in managing and classifying different records.
Legislation and Standards in Archives and Records Management - ARM3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Of this module is to identify and interpret national legislation and international standards relevant to the archives and records management environment. The module seeks to create an awareness of the changing legal environment in the management, preservation and access of records.
ICT Applications in Archives and Records Management - ARM3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Of this module is to equip students with skills to examine the nature of, and challenges associated with, the management of electronic records to ensure that records remain accessible over time. Students will develop an awareness that not only must records be accessible, but their intrinsic value must also be retained within organisations. The module also focuses on records that are created electronically and managed by means of computer technology.
Organising Archives: Arrangement and Description - ARM3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge required for the arrangement and description of archival documents. Students will be provided with an understanding of classical and contemporary theories, methodologies, and models for arranging, describing, and providing access to archival materials. The module will also examine the necessary processes leading up to the arrangement and description of archives, namely their acquisition and accessioning.
Preservation Management of Archives and Records - ARM3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with theoretical and practical skills in the preservation of archives and records in different media formats. The student credited with this module will be able to identify and deal with various perils that may have a negative impact on the life-cycle of archives and records within the field of preservation management.
Archival Programming and Advocacy - ARM3705
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with appropriate skills and knowledge to be able to analyse current trends around advocacy, promotion and outreach; public awareness; public programming; and public relations as well as access and use of archives and records. This module will further equip students with knowledge, competencies and skills to analyse the relevance of archives to both the public on the one hand as well as political and/or funding authorities on the other hand.