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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Provides postgraduate students with the opportunity to develop advanced critical thinking, writing and research skills, culminating in a draft literature review. Students learn to conduct an advanced literature search, critically analyse research literature, establish an advanced bibliographic database, write critically in an academic style, structure a research report and develop an academic argument.

Unit content

  1. Choosing an appropriate research topic for postgraduate study
  2. Advanced literature searching strategies
  3. Using advanced citation and referring tools
  4. Critical reading and note-taking from research literature
  5. Writing critically in an academic style
  6. Using advanced documentation processing for research writing
  7. Developing an argument through a critical literature review

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Locate research literature relevant to an appropriate research topic for postgraduate study
2 Analyse and critique research literature to formulate and structure a well-argued critical literature review
3 Demonstrate advanced academic writing and referencing skills
4 Reflect on learning and understanding of advanced research skills.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Locate research literature relevant to an appropriate research topic for postgraduate study
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
  2. Analyse and critique research literature to formulate and structure a well-argued critical literature review
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  3. Demonstrate advanced academic writing and referencing skills
    • GA1:
    • GA6:
  4. Reflect on learning and understanding of advanced research skills.
    • GA5:
    • GA6: