Course Title: Research Literature Review

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Literature Review

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: A. Prof. Andrea Chester

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3150

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre requisite requirements associated with your enrolment in this course.
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Course Description

This course provides you with an opportunity to conduct an extended, critical review of the literature relevant to the topic selected for your thesis.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • synthesise and critically evaluate peer-reviewed literature relevant to your thesis topic.
  • integrate relevant theory and evidence in a logical way and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • critically evaluate the research methodologies used in the literature you cite.
  • demonstrate logical structure and organization of your ideas through the use of appropriate headings, summary statements, and smooth links between sections.

Program Learning Outcomes:
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes:

  • PLO1: demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge within the discipline related to the context of research principles and  methods
  • PLO3: apply critical thinking and judgement to new ideas and technical skills in research design
  • PLO5: undertake research and scholarship with initiative, judgement and independence to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture of modalities and self-directed learning. You will meet with your thesis supervisor regularly to develop your literature review to support your research project. Learning experiences will foster the development of the Program Learning Outcomes associated with this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material to be chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be available via Lectopia and Discussion Board interaction. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will require you to provide a literature review outline as your formative assessment and a completed literature review as your summative assessment. These assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the literature associated with your research topic.
For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at: