DBA713 Developing a Literature Review (16)

This subject initially introduces students to the approaches, methods and techniques for conducting a critical literature review relevant to their proposed research. Students will then undertake a program of directed, in depth reading to an advanced level in their field of doctoral research. The subject requires candidates to thoroughly understand the major processes, techniques, issues, problems and knowledge within the field of research that will enable them to successfully complete a major draft of a literature review for a doctoral thesis.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DBA713. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Doctor of Business Administration

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse and evaluate the general processes and methods for the conduct of a critical literature review;
  • be able to independently research, critically evaluate and synthesise the field of research to be studied and the interrelationship of the topic areas within the field;
  • be able to thoroughly analyse and evaluate a range of critical and controversial issues drawn from the literature of the field of research; and
  • be able to communicate effectively the theoretical justifications for the research project in a draft of a literature review for their doctoral thesis.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Methods and approaches for the conduct of a critical literature review
  • The curriculum for this subject will, in part, be determined by the choice of both the field of research and the selection of topic areas within that field

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of DBA713 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Annotated bibliography
Literature review structure
Literature review work in progress
Literature review

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.