IFN001: Advanced Information Research Skills (AIRS) is a mandatory coursework requirement for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil). Currently, over 500 QUT doctoral students per year are enrolled in IFN001. The unit is offered in blended learning mode, with optional face to face workshops, enabling students to choose how and when they interact with the learning resources. The curriculum content is openly accessible, creative commons licensed and available for use by all.

IFN001 was established as an accredited unit in 1989 with the aim of developing the research literacies of HDR students. Over the intervening 25 years, the unit has undergone substantial development to keep pace with the changing research terrain and the research needs of contemporary researchers.