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, 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 B focuses on completing the literature analysis, writing the review and presenting the findings.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 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 HLSC4301B.
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 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: Literature Review Protocol *
Presentation: Oral Presentation
Written Assignment: Literature Review
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
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
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