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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Provides students with the opportunity to develop organisational research skills and investigate critically the literature relating to an agreed area with a view to identifying research possibilities. Students are assisted to develop skills in academic writing, setting up Styles in Word, establishing a bibliographic database, accessing information sources, managing a literature review and structuring an argument through a literature review. An essential requirement of this unit will be a critical review of the literature in an agreed area leading to the identification of research possibilities.

Unit content

  • Foundational research skills
  • The nature and purpose of a critical literature review
  • Researching a topic — accessing information sources, literature search strategies, managing the literature review process etc.
  • Writing a literature review, including structuring an argument through a 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 information relevant to a topic of your choice
2 analyse and critique information relevant to a topic of your choice
3 formulate and write a well-structured literature review
4 demonstrate sound organisational, referencing and citation skills.

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

  1. locate information relevant to a topic of your choice
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
  2. analyse and critique information relevant to a topic of your choice
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  3. formulate and write a well-structured literature review
    • GA1:
    • GA6:
  4. demonstrate sound organisational, referencing and citation skills.
    • GA1:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.