Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BA 244
Course Title:
Introduction to Records Management
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Course Description

Offers a study of the life cycle of records on all types of media from creation through disposition. Considers responsibilities of the records manager as they relate to each subsystem of the total records management program and to the needs of all types of organizations. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Introduction to Records Management is an introductory course that provides an overview of what records management is and why it is needed. It identifies records management systems, records elements, records facilities, and records cycles. Characteristics of sound records management are also presented.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of Introduction to Records Management, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the overall role and importance of the records management function.

  • Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of the records cycle and storage methods.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the records management basic concepts.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

 Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the concepts described in the required competencies by any combination of the following:

  • Participation

  • Demonstration(s) to the class

  • Case study analysis

  • Individual or group projects

  • Presentations

  • Homework

  • Completion of assessment or certification-style examinations

  • Other assessment techniques

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Records management systems

  • Records evaluation

  • Active records

  • Inactive records

  • Records cycles

  • Records managements systems

  • Electronic file management

  • Records security


  • Demonstrate knowledge of indexing rules.

  • Describe what constitutes information and various forms in which is may be stored.

  • Define the systems concept of records management.

  • Identify and examine a records retention program.

  • Identify vital records.

  • Discuss records security.

  • Identify various types of records management manuals.