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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Provides students with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their understanding of literature analysis and research design in relation to an area relevant to their professional practice. Students will produce a critical literature review that supports the need for either future research or practice improvement.

Unit content

  • Introduction: using literature to refine problems and propose further research or practice improvement
  • Searching literature systematically
  • Analysing, refining and managing search results
  • Presenting results
  • Critique and discussion
  • Providing rationale and justification for the next step

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 develop a research question and problem statement to guide critical examination of an area of personal interest, located within your discipline or course specialisation Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 discern between, and critique, the evidence supporting further research and practice improvement Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 analyse, refine and manage results of a systematic literature search Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 provide an evidence-based rationale for further research or practice improvement. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

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

  1. develop a research question and problem statement to guide critical examination of an area of personal interest, located within your discipline or course specialisation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. discern between, and critique, the evidence supporting further research and practice improvement
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. analyse, refine and manage results of a systematic literature search
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. provide an evidence-based rationale for further research or practice improvement.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

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