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.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEB501. 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

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.


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EEB501 in Session 1 2020. 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 %
Your topic introduction
Progress shared
Literature review

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.