Introduction to Information Management (PGT)


Introduction to Information Management Microcredential

Duration: 10 weeks
Credits: 10 Academic Credits (PG)
Delivery: All course content is delivered on Moodle, our virtual learning platform. You will converse with the tutors and fellow students in online forums.
Timetable: Fully online and flexible, with no scheduled classes to attend.
Funding: You are eligible for a fully funded place on this course if you are Scottish-domiciled and/or work for an organisation based in Scotland.
College: College of Arts & Humanities
School: School of Humanities

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Information management is crucial to everything we do; from the way we navigate the world to how we interact with services. Good records and information management are essential for ensuring that the data we create and use is accurate, whether it is on an individual or organisational level. We all want our personal data to be accurate and managed and used appropriately, and we want organisations like the NHS, central and local governments, charities, and businesses to be accountable for their role in this process. This course will introduce you to the principles of efficient and ethical information management and provide an understanding of how these can be applied to ensure the accuracy and accountability of data.

Why this course

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental principles of records and information management and the legislative framework that all organisations must follow;
  • Cite different types of information and the legislation that regulates their management;
  • Discuss the creation, collection, storage, and use of different types of data in both analogue and digital formats;
  • Understand the development and implementation of these processes, which must meet the needs of both the subject of the data and the organisation collecting it.

This course is formally accredited by CILIP (the Library and Information Association), a professional organisation that represents and supports information professionals. This accreditation provides valuable recognition in the fields of records, information management and libraries.

Course structure

This course is designed to provide learners with a better understanding of the fundamentals of records and information management. It will cover the following topics:

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Organisational & Environmental Context

Week 3: Collections & Collecting

Week 4: Ethics of Managing Information

Week 5: Personal Data & Data Protection

Week 6: Public Data & Freedom of Information

Week 7: Copyright

Week 8: Exploiting Information

Week 9: Strategy, Planning & Management

Week 10: Course Summary & Roundup



  • Forum Posts (10%) (optional) 
  • Final Portfolio (90%) (optional) 

Learners will produce weekly forum posts which will feed into a Final Portfolio, due 2 weeks after Week 10.

Learners who choose to submit this assessment will be awarded 10 Academic Credits towards a relevant Master’s degree at the University of Glasgow.


Meet The Team

This course is designed and delivered by Adele Redhead, and aided by Dr David McMenemy and colleagues from Information Studies and beyond.

Adele is a senior lecturer in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow. She previously worked as an Archivist and Records Manager and has professional experience in several different sectors, including Higher Education, Local Government, and the third sector.

David’s first professional role was working as a Library Assistant and then Librarian in Glasgow's Mitchell Library. There, he developed digital resources such as the Virtual Mitchell and Thomas Lipton Digital Collections. David then moved into academia at the University of Strathclyde in 2001, and joined the University of Glasgow's Information Studies team in 2022.


Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

This course is designed to equip learners with skills to progress into the following roles and industries:

  • Central & Local Government
  • Devolved administrations
  • NHS
  • Third sector
  • Commercial companies
  • Information professional

Completion of this course grants potential for:

  • Further academic study
  • Promotion
  • Increased earning potential
  • New career path

Entry requirements

It is suggested that learners on this course are educated to at least Undergraduate level and have an IELTS equivalent of 6.5. Learners will not be asked to prove their academic or professional history.