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Unit description

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

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

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Self-directed project
Literature Review 130%
Literature Review 270%

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 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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