INF456 Information Architecture for the Web (8)

This subject introduces the activities which constitute information architecture (IA). It outlines the fundamental principles of IA, and demonstrates the value of successful IA through real-life examples. The components of effective IA projects are analysed, while key tools used by information architects are introduced. The subject also examines the role and status of IA as an information profession, and its relationship with the ICT industry. It is assumed that students come to this subject with a practical knowledge of the fundamentals of web publishing.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF213 or INF440

Incompatible Subjects

INF213, INF440

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss how IA can provide for effective information and knowledge management;
  • be able to describe the objectives of an information architect;
  • be able to outline what constitutes good IA practice;
  • be able to show how technology can be used to achieve the aims of information architects; and
  • be able to discuss the relationship between IA and the other information professions.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is IA?
  • The need for effective IA
  • The IA process
  • IA tools and technologies
  • The IA profession

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF456 in Session 2 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 %
Forum contributions
Website critiques
Developing ia of a website

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.