INF321 Introduction to Research (8)


This subject discusses the role and value of research in information agencies. It looks at the role of research in evidence-based professional practice, with a focus on the evaluation of research literature and interpretation of research results. This subject introduces research concepts and practices appropriate to professional practice.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceSPACE, University of Hong Kong
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF321
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a broad understanding of the types of research relevant to, and applied in, libraries, information agencies and other professional settings;
  • have a general understanding of the principles of evidence-based practice;
  • be able to critically evaluate completed research; and
  • be able to apply research evaluation skills appropriate in professional environments.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Reasons for research and its values
  • Basic tenets of evidence-based practice
  • Research concepts and traditions
  • Basic evaluation tools


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.