INF447 Research in Practice (8)


This subject discusses the role and value of research as applied in information agencies. It examines the role of research in professional practice, the major philosophies of research, the components of a research study, and major research methods and techniques. This provides students with the background to evaluate the research literature, interpret research results and implement their own project in practice and/or in future research endeavours.

+ 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
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF447
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;
- demonstrate that they understand the structure, methodology, methods and analytical techniques
  of such research, and
- be able to critically evaluate completed research, and be able to apply research evaluation skills
  appropriately in professional environments.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Reasons for research and its values
- Terms and traditions of research
- Broad overview of common methods
- Basic evaluation tools
- Experience in using evaluation tools


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.