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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

School/College

School of Education

Pre-requisites

48 credit points in any SCU unit

Unit aim

This unit facilitates the development of a literature review to identify and explore a specific research problem. Students are mentored in skills and understanding including literature searching and selection; conceptual framework development; theoretical framework development; analysis, synthesis and evaluation of literature; and academic style and structure. For most students the critical literature review will contribute directly to an ongoing research project.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
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 Intellectual rigour Lifelong learning
2 analyse and critique information relevant to a topic of your choice Intellectual rigour Lifelong learning
3 formulate and write a well-structured literature review Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills
4 demonstrate sound organisational, referencing and citation skills. Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills

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

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

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

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