Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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

Multi-term sequence

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.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HLSC4300. Students who have successfully completed HLSC4300 are not eligible to enrol in HLSC4301B.

Learning outcomes

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,

Assumed knowledge

A completed Bachelor or equivalent degree with evidence of high academic achievement.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Literature Review Protocol *

Presentation: Oral Presentation

Written Assignment: Literature Review

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

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 Learning

Self-Directed 20 hour(s) per Term

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