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PP5002 - Literature Review

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

An independent course of study in which students will demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge (including recent research developments) of one specialised area of physiology. Students will investigate, review, critically analyse and consolidate scientific literature and synthesise a literature review on an assigned topic. The topic area for this subject will be developed in consultation with the subject coordinator. Literature reviews of 7,500 - 12,000 words will present a coherent and sustained argument/opinion, synthesising complex information, concepts and theories. Students will be required to demonstrate autonomy, initiative, planning and decision making skills in the preparation of literature reviews. This subject is consistent with AQF level 9.

Learning Outcomes

  • autonomously investigate, review, critically analyse scientific literature, focusing on peer reviewed primary journal articles;
  • work autonomously to create a annotated bibliography which contains an descriptive and evaluative commentary on the key published research papers related to the assigned topic;
  • work autonomously to formulate a detailed plan illustrating how the ideas and themes of the assigned topic will be consolidated into a substantive literature review;
  • construct a scientific literature review that demonstrates a sustained and coherent argument and critical analysis of a specialised area of physiology;
  • construct a substantive scientific literature review that demonstrates an advanced understanding of the topic.

Subject Assessment

  • Annotated Bibliography - (15%)
  • Detailed Plan of Literature Review - (15%)
  • Final Literature Review - (70%).


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Dr Lisa Chilton, Professor David Whitmore
Lecturers: Dr Robert Kinobe, Mr Gary Nolan.

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Damien Paris.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.