No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2016

INF544 Research Project in Information Studies (32)


This subject requires students to build on knowledge developed in INF504 Research Literature and Project Planning and INF543  Designing and Proposing a Research Project to explore in-depth an area of interest in information studies. Students will execute and manage a small-scale research project and submit a report of approximately 15,000 words.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Only available to students in the Applied Research specialisation of the  Master of Information Studies
INF504 and INF543

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate an understanding of research design and project management through the execution of a small scale research project in the field of information studies;
  • demonstrate their understanding of ethically sound research by preparing and submitting an ethics application (where appropriate).
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of piloting research frameworks and instruments; and
  • demonstrate their understanding of conceptual frameworks, methods, analysis and findings through the presentation of a written report of the project design and outcomes.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Research traditions, paradigms and methodologies relevant to information studies
  • Principles of research design
  • Use of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods and their application to information studies
  • Refining research questions/hypotheses and selecting appropriate methods for research
  • Introduction to research ethics
  • Planning how to operationalise the research and developing the research proposal, including budgeting, timelines and project management


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.