Document Control Foundation

Document Control Foundation Course

1. Overview

This short foundation course has been developed for new entrants to the Document Control function in the Oil and Gas sector.

It aims to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the value and practice of information management and document control.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Energy & Petroleum industry (processes and terminology) and the Information Management context for Document Control;
  2. identify and evaluate technical document types and their relationships in the document hierarchy;
  3. identify the stages in a project lifecycle and the role and impact of document control at each stage;
  4. describe and evaluate the organisational policy, strategies and procedures which govern document control processes.

2. What you will study

There are 8 study topics:

  • E&P Overview
  • Introduction to Information Management
  • Basic Processes
  • Technical Document Types
  • The Project Lifecycle
  • Ownership
  • From Policy to Procedures and Processes
  • The Impact of Document Control

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Study of web-based materials and completion of online assessment tests via the university’s online learning environment, CampusMoodle. Attendance at the University is not required.

4. Entry Requirements

You do not require any formal academic qualifications. You should be a new entrant to the Document Control function in an Oil and Gas Company or Contractor.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, should have either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL.  You should note that modules taken through Professional Development@RGU are not eligible for Tier 4 sponsorship.

5. How to apply

For general enquiries please contact Postgraduate Admissions on 01224 262132.

For more information about the course contact the Course Coordinator: Fionnuala Cousins, Lecturer, iSchool, School of Creative and Cultural Business. Email 

To apply for the course, complete the Professional Development @RGU Registration form

6. Prospects

Those who have studied this professional development course feel it has improved their understanding of the area.

Coreen Rozario (May 2012 cohort) endorsed the course saying, "I am extremely glad that I decided to pursue this course as it has given me an insight into DC and an understanding of the oil and gas industry."

Gemma Morrison (May 2012 cohort) has worked in Document Control for over 2 years, and said that it showed her how important her current role is within the oil and gas sector. Read more on Gemma's testimonial.

Kelly Bonnage (Sept 2012 cohort) was enthusiastic about the course and said it is ideal for those who need to study flexibly - see Kelly's full testimonial.  

7. Assessment

The course is assessed by a set of online tests (one for each of the study topics).

8. Fees and payment options


The fee for this course is £490.

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Start Date

January, May or September

Course Length

50 hours

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
Aberdeen Business School
More Information:
Professional Development General Enquiries 01224 262209

SCQF Level 9 (5 credits)

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“The course gave me a fantastic knowledge of not only what Document control is, but also why it is so important and how it fits into the Oil and Gas industry.”

Stuart Pritchard Document Control Foundation

“The course was thorough, relevant and enjoyable. It is ideal for anyone who is busy and needs flexible study.”

Kelly Bonnage Document Control Foundation