INF535 Information Flow & Advanced Search (8)


This subject offers a comprehensive overview of the changing information flow created by digital environments. By examining the new information architecture of the web, including metadata and the semantic web, the strategies and tools to best manage today’s digital information environment for learning and teaching will be explored. This will include information retrieval concepts; diverse search engines; advanced search tools and techniques; and search within social media for real-time information. A non-technical introduction to big data and learning analytics will provide important avenues for understanding information flow and the possible ways to shape social, technical and pedagogical transactions in education.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

This is a new subject to be introduced in 2015. The subject is not available for enrolment in 2014.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to those students undertaking the Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an understanding of the big picture of information flow across sectors, repositories, and metadata environments;
  • be able to find, analyse, evaluate, and curate information, and work ethically in information environments;
  • be able to analyse critically the relationship between information strategy and computational thinking processes;
  • be able to develop search strategies and skills for a variety of search engines and repositories to meet the needs of a range of learners;
  • be able to describe the potential role of semantic web and linked data in next generation educational content;
  • be able to manage information flow practices and processes;
  • be able to conduct basic web and learning analytic activities; and
  • be able to apply a knowledge and understanding of information flow and advanced search to professional practice and curriculum development.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Information flow in local and global information environments
  • Information organisation and retrieval concepts
  • Information strategies and computational thinking
  • Advanced search tools and techniques
  • Social search, collaborative search and semantic search
  • Big data and learning analytics
  • Information ethics and policy
  • The evolving digital information environment in education.


The information contained in the 2014 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 08 November 2013. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.