EEB501 Preparing a Literature Review (8)
This subject provides students with guidance to select a focus for a literature review of research, to plan the review, to find appropriate literature, to review it critically, to record details of references, and to develop an integrated literature review at a quality standard. Students will undertake the literature search, writing and refining of a review of research literature on their topic under the guidance of an allocated supervisor.
Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
Dubbo Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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 Education
Assumed Knowledge
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have planned and written a literature review for a specific purpose;
  • be able to analyse, evaluate and synthesise information contained in the literature; and,
  • be able to critically examine the assertions presented in the literature.
The subject will cover the following topics:
- the need to write a literature review for a specific purpose; - the different purposes for which academic literature reviews are written; - the different types of literature reviews; - the academic writing style that is appropriate; - the place of primary, secondary and general sources in preparing a literature review; - the importance of conceptualising work (i.e. putting it into a total plan that stems from the reading done); - the need to analyse, evaluate and then synthesize the information that is presented; and - the importance of being critical and not automatically accepting assertions and assumptions in the writings of others.
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.