Unit description

Provides students with the opportunity to develop organisational research skills and critically evaluate the literature relating to an educational problem, phenomena, or knowledge need, with a view to identifying research possibilities. Students are assisted to develop skills in academic writing, advanced word processing, establishing a bibliographic database, accessing information sources, managing a literature review and structuring an evaluative argument about the research literature in their area.

Unit content

Week 1: Foundational research skills.
Week 2: The nature and purpose of a critical literature review.
Week 3: Logistics of researching a topic - accessing information sources, literature search strategies, managing the literature review process.
Weeks 4,5 & 6: 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

Teaching and assessment


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


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