INF556 Extended Essay in Information Studies (8)

This subject offers students the opportunity to demonstrate an advanced understanding of a topic area in Information Studies though the writing of an extended essay with a view to possible publication. Students select a topic from a wide-ranging list, and, under the supervision of a lecturer, but working independently, devise an essay title, draft an applicable, annotated bibliography, and then submit a 5,000-word composition that critically addresses the relevant theoretical and practical issues, with reference to the literature.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF556. 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

Only available to students in the Masters of Information Studies, who have completed (or have credit for) at least 72 subject points and have a GPA of at least 5.0, or to students in the Masters of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation), who have completed (or have credit for) at least 48 subject points and have a GPA of at least 5.0.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a particular topic area, and its literature, in Information Studies;
  • be able to critically review and synthesize the literature in this topic area;
  • be able to identify and analyse the key theoretical and practical issues pertaining to this topic area; and
  • be able to write a scholarly and engaging essay.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Developing your topic focus and title
  • Literature searching
  • Annotating your bibliography
  • Synthesising your material
  • Identifying issues of theory and practice
  • Writing for scholarly publication

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF556 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 %
Working title and introduction
Progress report
Extended essay

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.