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.
Choosing an appropriate research topic for postgraduate study
Advanced literature searching strategies
Using advanced citation and referring tools
Critical reading and note-taking from research literature
Writing critically in an academic style
Using advanced documentation processing for research writing
Developing an argument through a critical literature review
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.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
GA1: Intellectual rigour,
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 research literature relevant to an appropriate research topic for postgraduate study||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning|
|2||Analyse and critique research literature to formulate and structure a well-argued critical literature review
||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|3||Demonstrate advanced academic writing and referencing skills ||Intellectual rigour||Communication and social skills|
|4||Reflect on learning and understanding of advanced research skills.||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
- Phelps, R, Fisher, K & Ellis, A, 2007, Organizing and Managing Your Research: a practical guide for postgraduates, Sage Publications, London.