Unit description

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.

Unit content

  1. Choosing an appropriate research topic for postgraduate study
  2. Advanced literature searching strategies
  3. Using advanced citation and referring tools
  4. Critical reading and note-taking from research literature
  5. Writing critically in an academic style
  6. Using advanced documentation processing for research writing
  7. Developing an argument through a critical 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Phelps, R, Fisher, K & Ellis, A, 2007, Organizing and Managing Your Research: a practical guide for postgraduates, Sage Publications, London.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours/week (12 weeks)
Annotated bibliography25%
Literature review50%


Teaching method
Workshop online 3 hours/week (12 weeks)
Annotated bibliography25%
Literature review50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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