INF404 Foundations for Information Studies (8)


This subject will provide students with the contextual, professional, scholarly and technological foundations of the body of knowledge underpinning the information disciplines and professions. Professional information settings including libraries, archives, records repositories and other information centres and organizations will be discussed. An introduction to information scholarship and research and current issues in library and information studies practice will follow. The subject will orient students to the MIS program and enable them to develop and refine their individual educational and professional objectives.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF404
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

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF405
Incompatible subject(s)
INF105 INF405

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate their understanding of the information professions, information users, and the discipline and fields comprising library and information studies;
  • be able to investigate and critically analyse libraries and information agencies in their historical, social, cultural, economic, and political contexts;
  • be able to identify and explain ethical, legal and policy issues relevant to the information sector;
  • be able to understand basic IT terminology related to the information studies field and the roles of IT in enabling the management of information;
  • be able to compare and contrast how libraries and information agencies fit into constantly evolving information technology and infrastructure contexts;
  • be able to demonstrate comprehension of the diversity of library and information scholarship, including the professional and theoretical discourse of library and information studies; and
  • be able to identify, evaluate and communicate about developments arising from major issues, questions and trends that define the information fields.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of information studies at CSU
  • Scoping the concept of information
  • Libraries, archives and other information centres and agencies
  • The information profession/s
  • Information technology fundamentals
  • Information infrastructure and information architecture
  • The information discipline/s
  • Information use and users
  • Information research and scholarship
  • Core bodies of knowledge
  • Imagining information futures


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.