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.


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

Grading System



One session


School of Information and Communication Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF405

Incompatible Subjects

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.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF404 in Session 3 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Quiz: information evaluation and research skills
Report: understanding the sector
Essay: looking to the future

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.