ASSIGNMENT 4: THE GREAT DEBATE
Summary The assignment has two parts:
1. Tutorial presentation
2. Discussion forum contribution
Value Part 1: 15 marks
Part 2: 10 marks
Due Dates Part 1: Week 12 Tutorials
Part 2: 10 November 2019, 11.55pm
Word Counts Part 2: Postings should be 500-750 words (excluding references)
Depth of analysis
Clarity of argument
Strength of the argument/winning team
Understanding of the standard, its scope and purpose
Critical evaluation of the standard
Reference to relevant literature and degree of engagement
with the readings
To enable assignment submission on Moodle, please complete the
Motion: “International Standards are the best thing to happen for recordkeeping”
The ISO TC46/SC11 suite of standards are said to represent codified best practice for the
management of current records internationally. The first international standard on records
management, ISO15489, was published in 2001. Since that time a number of related
standards have been developed and ISO15489 was recently revised to bring it up to date. The
number of people and countries involved has risen over the years, and the process of
achieving consensus has become more and more difficult. It has been suggested that the need
to achieve consensus will inevitably result in a watered down compromise and consequently
stifles innovative thinking. Furthermore the ISO publishing model means that access to the
standards is likely to be problematic for anyone working in poorly resourced environments.
Part 1: Tutorial presentation
In tutorials you will be divided into four teams. Two to argue for the motion and two to
argue against. Rules of engagement are as follows:
1. Every member of the team has 3-4 minutes to present their argument in support of their
team’s respective position.
2. The order of the presenters is up to each team to decide on; the last presenter should
summarise all points made.
3. Every presenter is free to comment on the points made by the other team as part of their
presentation (no need to wait until the last presenter summarises it all).
4. Each presenter will be assessed individually using the following criteria:
Depth of analysis (6 marks)
Clarity of argument (6 marks)
5. A further 3 marks will be allocated for the strength of the arguments of the team as a
Alternative arrangements will be organised for online students.
Part 2: Discussion Forum
You will be allocated a standard from one of the following sources:
International Organization for Standardization TC46/SC11 Published Standards
Public Record Office Victoria About our standards framework and policies
National Archives of Australia Information Management Standard
State Archives and Records NSW Standards
State Records of South Australia Standards: https://archives.sa.gov.au/A-
Everyone in the tutorial group will work on a different standard.
Post in your tutorial group discussion forum about the standard, responding to the following
a. What is the purpose of the standard?
b. What is the scope of the standard?
c. Who is the intended audience for the standard?
d. What is its family history, can you identify any predecessors or siblings?
e. Is the standard available in languages other than English?
f. How accessible is the standard?
g. What is your overall evaluation as to its effectiveness?
Postings are due at the end of Week 14, 10 November 2019.
You must acknowledge ALL the sources that you use in develop your assignment
submission, so that it is clear what are your ideas and what are the ideas of others. Use the
APA Citation Style (http://guides.lib.monash.edu/content.php?pid=346637&sid=2835402) to
provide enough information about your references so that a future reader may locate and read
the original source.
Please also note the following from the Plagiarism Procedures of Monash, available at
Plagiarism occurs when students fail to acknowledge that the ideas of others are being
used. Specifically it occurs when:
other people’s work and/or ideas are paraphrased and presented without a
other students’ work is copied either in whole or in part;
other people’s designs, codes or images are presented as the student’s own
phrases and passages are used verbatim without quotation marks and/or
without a reference to the author or a web page;
lecture notes are reproduced without due acknowledgement.