IFN001: Advanced Information Research Skills (AIRS) is a mandatory coursework requirement for all Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Education (EdD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) students. Currently, over 500 QUT doctoral students per year are enrolled in IFN001.

The unit is offered in blended learning mode, delivering online content and workshop recordings, in addition to optional real-time workshops and Q&A sessions. These offerings enable 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 30 years, the unit has undergone substantial development to keep pace with the changing research terrain and the research needs of contemporary researchers.