INF447 Research in Practice (8)

This subject discusses the role and value of research as applied in various information organisations and 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 that may apply. This provides students with the background to evaluate the research literature, interpret research results and design their own project in practice.


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:
  • be able to demonstrate understanding about how research studies are designed and conducted;
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the types of research relevant to, and applied in, libraries, information agencies and other professional settings;
  • be able to demonstrate that they understand the structure, methodology, methods and analytical techniques of such research;
  • be able to critically evaluate and apply appropriate research methods to a variety of education and information contexts; and
  • be able to critically evaluate completed research and apply research evaluation skills appropriately in professional environments.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Reasons for research and its values
  • Importance of research activity within the profession
  • Terms and traditions of research
  • Broad overview of common methods
  • Basic evaluation tools
  • Experience in using evaluation tools

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF447 in Session 3 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
Comparative evaluation
Evidence based practice research proposal

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.