EMG506 Literature Review (16)

This subject covers the theory and skills involved in developing a literature review at the post graduate level. At its completion, students should be thoroughly conversant with the literature of their intended area of study and understand the major theories, methodological assumptions, key concepts, issues, problems, areas of neglect, and newly acquired knowledge within their selected and related areas of study. The literature review provides a rationale for research and a justification of its value and significance for professional practice.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMG506. 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



Two sessions


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate a specific purpose and a clear set of objectives to guide the writing of their literature review;
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the importance and various roles of the literature review in research;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to apply a broad range of strategies for developing a literature review to a specific body of knowledge or practice and evaluate critically complex ideas at an abstract level;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced critical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesize complex literature, problems, concepts and theories in a professional context; and
  • be able to select, evaluate and synthesise appropriate literature for their chosen topic area and develop this into a review which critically explores the issues in their chosen topic area in depth and with balance.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The purpose of the literature review in research
  • Recording and classifying literature
  • Analyzing and evaluating information
  • Synthesising themes
  • Structuring the literature review
  • Exemplar literature reviews
  • Writing the literature review

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMG506 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 %
Research working title aim & objectives
Annotated bibliography
Literature review framework
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.