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.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DBA713
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool 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.


The 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


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 19 March 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.