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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

Faculty/College

Faculty of Education

Unit aim

Equips students to critically examine the literature in their agreed area for identification of research opportunities. Students are supported in their development of skills in critical reading, thinking and analysis; perspective and impact; context, purpose and the function of texts. The unit will also enable students to manage the demands of locating, synthesising/analysing and using various texts to develop competence in academic writing, in order to prepare for their thesis-based literature review. 

Unit content

The nature and purpose of a critical literature review;
Foundational literature search and analysis skills— accessing information sources, literature search strategies, managing the literature review process etc.;
Write a critical literature review, including synthesising key points and propositions and structuring a critical argument; and
Examine the structure and organisation of academic texts; opinion, fact, evidence, argument processing text for example, summarising, synthesising, comparing, evaluating; developing cohesion and coherence; drafting, editing and redrafting.
 

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 locate, organise and summarise information relevant to an agreed research area
2 analyse, critique and synthesise information relevant to an agreed research area
3 formulate and write a critical literature review
4 demonstrate excellent text based organisational referencing and citation skills

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

  1. locate, organise and summarise information relevant to an agreed research area
  2. analyse, critique and synthesise information relevant to an agreed research area
  3. formulate and write a critical literature review
  4. demonstrate excellent text based organisational referencing and citation skills