Principles of Records Management

Course code LIS507

This course introduces the principles and practices associated with managing records of all formats in Aotearoa New Zealand private and public sector organisations.

The course addresses the benefits of sound records management and outlines the principles and practices that are required to ensure evidence of day to day business is correctly documented.

It covers the key strategies tools and processes that ensure records (and the information within them) are accessible, compliant, well managed, and less open to risk.

It explains what records and documents are, and how they should be classified, organised, accessed, used and disposed of.

It also outlines the theories, policies, standards, and legislation that influence records management practice, and introduces issues that impact the ongoing management and use of records that document organisational activities.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 & 3 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $1,840 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Explain records management principles, processes, and terminology.
  • Apply knowledge of key aspects of records management practice in various contexts.
  • Identify issues that impact on the ongoing management of records that document organisational activities, assess their effect, and develop relevant solutions.


100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 

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