Researchers and health professionals use literature reviews and scoping studies to review health research evidence. This involves the identification and critical evaluation of published literature or sources on a particular topic in order to assess whether it is credible, relevant, authoritative and comprehensive.
Across Parts A & B, students develop the knowledge and skills to undertake a supervised literature review or scoping study which addresses a specific research question related to the program in which they are enrolled. Part A focuses on developing a research question, skills in search methods and knowledge of reference software, as well as commencing the search for relevant literature and sources.
Students who are not enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) are required to make arrangements with an appropriate Academic Supervisor prior to commencing this course. If you need assistance with this please contact the Honours Program Convenor for your discipline.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2021
- Semester 1 - 2021
This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.
This course replaces the following course(s): HLSC4300. Students who have successfully completed HLSC4300 are not eligible to enrol in HLSC4301A.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Develop and implement a protocol for a literature review of a clinical/research topic.
2. Comprehensively search literature and other relevant sources using appropriate keywords, databases and referencing techniques.
3. Critically evaluate and analyse literature/sources in the context of a defined clinical/research topic or question.
4. Prepare a critically appraised review of the topic.
5. Discuss the implications of the report.
6. Demonstrate competent verbal and written skills.
- Difference between systematic and scoping studies.
- Refining a clinical/research question or topic.
- Developing a proposal and report for critical appraisal.
- Types of literature and scholarly sources.
- Literature searching methods.
- Managing bibliographies, citations and references.
- Critical appraisal of research literature.
- Collecting, collating and assessing relevant data from included material.
- Identifying levels of evidence in the research literature.
- Structure of review report/scoping study - introduction, themes, conclusions.
A completed Bachelor or equivalent degree with evidence of high academic achievement.
Written Assignment: Systematic / Scoping Review Protocol
Presentation: Oral Presentation - Report on Progress of Literature Review
Written Assignment: Written Assignment
Callaghan and Ourimbah
Face to Face Off Campus 26 hour(s) per Term Full Term
To be arranged via appointment with the course coordinator and/or supervisor.
Self-Directed 20 hour(s) per Term Full Term
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