RES703 Comprehensive Literature Review (16)

This subject will progress and sharpen both the practical strategies necessary for the successful construction of a literature review, and the content knowledge relevant to the proposed research. Students will become thoroughly conversant with the literature of their intended area of study and understand the major processes, techniques, issues, problems and knowledge within their field of research that will enable them to complete a major draft literature review for their doctoral thesis.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: RES703. 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


Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in Higher Degree by Research studies.

Incompatible Subjects

DBA713, EMG706, ITC713

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and analyse existing sources of information that relate to the chosen research problem;
  • be able to demonstrate intellectual independence to think critically, and in relation to the research problem evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, reflect on theory and practice and thereby make an original contribution to their field of research;
  • be able to plan and execute a framework which demonstrates knowledge of the processes and methods for a critical exploration of the literature pertaining to their research; and
  • be able to communicate effectively the theoretical justifications for the research in a draft of a literature review chapter for their doctoral thesis.


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