bachelor of records and archives management

1.0 Programme description

Good records and information management is key in instituting rule of law, good governance and national. Uganda has gone through a series of economic and political transformations during the last 50 years (1962 -2012). Privatization of the national economy and the adoption of the decentralization policy have created an enormous task of managing records and office information resources as a result of high generation of information during transaction of businesses.

This has consequently produced different kinds of documents/ records that require professional skills and knowledge in their management. The faculty, which has the mandate for teaching records and library and information science disciplines, is expected to take on the challenge of producing the required workforce.

Uganda needs to develop human capacity to manage information for democratic governance, transparency, accountability, and full observance of human rights, freedom of association and political consciousness among others to transform the society. This is Uganda’s aspiration towards developing a society that recognizes information as a national resource.

The elements of this aspiration include: a well-developed and countywide library, records and information sources, systems and services, and development of human, professional and expertise capacity in information management (Uganda, 1999:38). The constitution of the Republic of Uganda states that:

Every citizen has right to information in the possession of the state or any other organ or agency of the state except where the release of the information is likely to prejudice the security or sovereignty of the state or interfere with the right to the privacy of any other person (Uganda, 1995: Article 41 (1)).

Graduates of this course will enter the workforce with high level skills and knowledge that will enable them to be at the forefront of the evolving Records and information professions. In addition, with this background, the range of opportunities open to graduates is large, covering traditional areas such as university or public registries, records Centers plus Archives, research organizations, commercial firms, and the cultural heritage sector. The Bachelor of Records and Archives Management is a three-year course that consists of:

  • A range of core courses giving a thorough grounding in all essential aspects of information technology,
  • Close to 900 hours of work experience (internship training), giving on-the-job experience in design and practical or research aspects of systems development,
  • A major project in the third year, in which you apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills to the development of a solution to a substantial practical problem proposed by leading industry and university-based practitioners

2.0 Programme objectives

The Bachelor of Records and Archives Management program has the following objectives:

  • To build Human Resources capacity for the various government and private sector records and achieves management institutions.
  • To equip students with knowledge and skills for managing different types of records, archives and information institutions.
  • To prepare students for further professional growth in records, and information management.

3.0 Learning outcomes

By the end of the program, graduates should be able to:

  • Understand how, ideas, knowledge and information are generated, communicated and used by individuals and organizations
  • Developed ability to generate, process, store and document information.
  • Manage and use information effectively and describe and analyze information flows and processes within organizations
  • Develop the ability to assess and analyze information management principles and practices in management issues.
  • Developed ability to apply technology in information management
  • Developed ability to provide information support in light of the organization goals.
  • Design information architecture, search engines and automated information management systems

4.0 Programme structure

year one

semester one
course code Module Name
BRM 111 Principles of Records Management
BBA 113 Business Administration
BIT 110 Information Systems and Technologies
MC 111 HCommunication Skills
BBA 115 Financial Accounting
semester two
course code Module Name
BIT 121 Introduction to Database Systems
BRM 121 Audiovisual Records Management
BRM 122 Organization and Office Management
BRM 123 Government Information Resources and Systems
BIT 122 Internet Technology & Web Design

year two

semester one
course code Module Name
BLS 210 Information Classification: Theory and Practice
BLS 211 Information Cataloging: Theory and Practice
BIT 212 Systems Analysis and Design
BLS 213 Management of Information Institutions and Services
BRM 201 Papermaking and Reprography
semester two
course code Module Name
BRM 220 Management of Health Records
BRM 221 Principles of Archival Management
BRM 222 Analysis of Records Management Systems
RSC 001 Research Methodology
BRM 223 Supplies and Materials Management

year three

semester one
course code Module Name
COM 311 Statistical Tools for Research
BRM 311 Applied Psychology
BRM 310 Information Entrepreneurship
BRM 312 Preservation and Conservation of Records
BRM 313 Automation of Records Management Systems
semester two
course code Module Name
BRM 320 Management of Museums
BRM 321 Records Management and the Law
BRM 322 Information and Documentation Services
BRM 323 Records Storage and Security
BRM 324 Research Project