Information Theory & Research - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Exercise (30%) , Assignment 2 - Report (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Coursework explores key theories and research in information studies. The contribution of research to professional practice and scholarship. Information behaviour and information retrieval research in relation to informing the development of information systems and services. Research methods, techniques and tools used in information studies. Evidence based practice. Ethical considerations in research.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. evaluate selected research methods
  2. evaluate self and peer teamwork performance
  3. communicate effectively to an academic audience
  4. locate, evaluate and synthesise research information
  5. propose and justify an appropriate research process to investigate a problem in information studies.
  • Assignment 1 — Exercise (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Report (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Investigation (30%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Assumes substantial prior knowledge. If you have not completed all Level 1 and Level 2 Information Studies units & want to enrol in this unit, email Course Coordinator (

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Students will be provided with a list of topics in the Unit Outline

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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