University of Technology Sydney

16213 Research Critique and Literature Review




This subject enables School of Built Environment higher doctorate research (HDR) and Honour students to learn the theoretical and practical processes of critical analysis and literature review development. In preparation for students' first assessment to confirm their candidature, students are guided through the process of critically reading journal articles and other texts appropriate to their thesis topic, leading to a written draft of their literature review chapter by the end of the session. Students are required to source and review relevant research at a rate of four papers per week (or equivalent).

The focus of this subject is on developing the skills to successfully write a literature review. These skills include effective summarisation and paraphrasing of literature, searching for relevant literature, critical evaluation of literature, synthesis of multiple literature sources into a cohesive argument, and identifying literature gaps which in turn demonstrate the relevance and contribution of the research question(s).

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Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus

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