Programmes – BIRM

Bachelor of Information and Records Management (BIRM)

About the Programme

Information and records management is required in virtually many organizations, both public and private. The programme has been designed to produce competent personnel that effectively manage recorded information in an ever-changing environment in print, electronic and hybrid environment. Graduates for this degree programme will find employment in all government offices, institutions, libraries, media institutions, archival institutions and information and documentation centers. The programme is available in the College of Natural and Applied Science (CoNAS) under the Department of Informatics and Information Technology (DIIT). It is delivered only on a full-time basis for a minimum duration of 3 years.

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, the candidate should be able to:

  1. Describe scientific principles and practices applicable to information and records management activities.
  2. Organize different information and record formats under the internationally recognized standards
  3. Apply knowledge management concepts and strategies to address various forms of information and records management practices
  4. Classify different information facilities (libraries, information centres, documentation centres, record centres, archives etc) and be able to manage their day-to-day activities
  5. Solve information and records management problems by effective utilization of principles of information management and records administration
  6. Identify appropriate ICTs and use them effectively to manage information and to administer records in various organizations
  7. Identify business opportunities in information and records management activities and articulate them as employment opportunities

Here, we groom information records and data managers.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this degree programme work as records managers, knowledge managers, science communicators, archivists, librarians and information managers. They will also work as information brokers, content writers and editors, trainers in the information science field, researchers in the field and social media analysts. Prospective employees include libraries, archives, records centers, registries, news houses, publishers and other content developers.

Admission Requirements

Two principal passes (4 points) in the following subjects: History, Kiswahili, English, Economics, Accountancy, Nutrition, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography or Agriculture. OR Diploma in Record Achieves Management, Public Administration, Human Resource Management, or Library and Information studies OR Information and Communication Technology with an average of “B” or a minimum GPA of 3.0. In addition, an applicant must have a minimum of “D” grade in two science subjects at O-Level.


Tshs 1,000,000 per year

Applicants should apply directly to SUA using the SUA online admission system or Click Apply Online (Undergraduate)” button at the SUA website.


Semester 1

Core Courses: Foundations of Information Science, Fundamentals of Communication, Principles of Records Management, Introduction to Microcomputers and Applications, Reference Services and Resources

Elective courses: Principles, Theories and Contemporary Issues of Development, Communication Skills I, Basic Mathematics, Reference Services and Resources, Publishing and Book Trade

Semester 2

Core courses: Introductory Statistics, Collection Development and Management, Communication Skills II, Managing Registries and Record Centers, Cataloguing and Classification I

Elective courses: Office Management and Practice, Desktop Publishing, Fundamentals of Computer Networks, ICT for Development

Semester 3

Core courses: Database Management Systems, Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Rights, Marketing of Information Services, Appraisal and Disposal of Records, Information Literacy

Elective courses: Business Information Systems, Managing Personnel Records, Managing Legal Records, Information Services for Rural Communities

Semester 4

Core courses: Automating Information Services, Managing Electronic Records and Archives, Cataloguing and Classification II, Managing Archives, Web Technology

Elective courses: Repackaging and Dissemination of Information, Managing Health Records, Management Information Systems

Semester 5

Core courses: Preservation of Records and Information Resources, Copyrights and Related Rights, Legal, Policy and Ethical Issues in Information Management, Project 1: Research Methods and Proposal, Development, Information Security

Elective courses: Managing Financial Records, Information Architecture, Management of Museums, Management Principles and Practice Semester 6

Core courses: Infopreneurship, Management of Business Archives, Abstracting and Indexing, Knowledge Management and Systems, Research Project 2

Elective courses: Science Communication, Project Planning and Management, Managing Land Records.

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