Information Studies


INSTG079 Information Governance

This optional module is now full for the academic year 2017/18.

The course considers the theory and practice of Information Governance (IG). IG is an emerging multidisciplinary field which straddles four domains:

  • Information management 
  • Information security
  • Information law and ethics
  • Information economics 

This module explores the key information governance concepts, theories, standards and models, including their development. Through the critical analysis of these principles students will be provided with strategies and tools for establishing an information governance framework in the workplace to meet legal, regulatory, organisational and societal needs. The course is designed to develop workplace skills for a range of occupations including compliance officers, data managers, information and records managers, information security managers, IT, lawyers, librarians and risk managers. 

The course consists of 10 weeks of lectures and discussions on Monday afternoons (2-5pm) in term two (commencing January 2017). The course assumes that in addition to attending these lectures participants will be able to allocate approximately 3-4 hours of private study per week during the weeks in which is it taught, plus extra hours for completion of the assessment.

By the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate:

  • a critical understanding of the principles of information governance and the considerations for their application in real world contexts.
  • the ability to advocate for information assets and their use in an ethical and sustainable manner taking into account legal, regulatory, organisational and societal needs.
  • the ability to develop an information governance framework for delivery in a range of organisational settings taking into account the complexities of meeting competing stakeholder demands.
  • a critical awareness of the key risk management concepts which sit at the heart of the information governance framework’s strategic delivery.  
  • knowledge of the different skillsets provided by a range of information professions which underpin the design and deployment of the framework into practice.

Module topics

  • What is information governance?
  • Theories and models of information governance
  • Records management
  • Information security
  • Risk management
  • ICT and information behaviours
  • Data law and ethics
  • Personal data and privacy impact assessments
  • Censorship and information access 
  • Search and E-discovery
  • Business continuity
  • Outsourcing

Preliminary reading - there is no set text for this module as this module cuts across disciplines. These texts all contain relevant materials. You may find them interchangeable and you do not need to read them all. 

  • Bainbridge, David I. (2008) Introduction to information technology law. 6th ed. Pearson Longman. 
  • Feather J. (2008) The Information Society: a study in continuity and change. 5th edn. Facet Publishing.
  • McLeod and Hare (2006) How to manage records in the e-environment. Routledge. 
  • Merkow, S. and Breithaunt, J. (2014) Information security: principles and practices. 2nd edn. Pearson Certification.
  • Shepherd, E and Yeo, G. (2003) Managing records: a handbook of principles and practice. Facet Publishing.
  • Smallwood, R. (2014) Information Governance: concepts, strategies, and best practices. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Tricker, R. (2009) Corporate governance, principles, policies and practice. Oxford University Press. 2nd ed. 

Assessment: Assessment by coursework only

Optional for: 

DIS students including MA Archives and Records Management, MA Library and Information Studies, , MA/MSc in Digital Humanities, MSc in Information Science (depending upon timetabling), MRes in Information Studies, MA in Library & Information Studies, MA in Publishing . 

Other UCL Departments: This course is also open to students from other UCL Departments. 

This module is also available for short course students. 

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this module 

Taught by: Dr Elizabeth Lomas

For any enquiries please contact e.lomas@ucl.ac.uk