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 Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School 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.


This 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


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.