INF321 Introduction to Research (8)

This subject discusses the role and value of research in information agencies. It looks at the role of research in evidence-based professional practice, with a focus on the evaluation of research literature and interpretation of research results. This subject introduces research concepts and practices appropriate to professional practice.


Session 1 (30)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF321. 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;
  • have a general understanding of the principles of evidence-based practice;
  • be able to critically evaluate completed research; and
  • be able to apply research evaluation skills appropriate in professional environments.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Reasons for research and its values
  • Basic tenets of evidence-based practice
  • Research concepts and traditions
  • Basic evaluation tools

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF321 in Session 1 2020. 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 %
Numeracy test
Evaluation of 'example' library customer survey
Evaluating research for practice

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.