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Independent Research Project: Literature Review (C1)

This course outlines the purpose of a literature review and its five phases within an independent research project.

Independent Research Project: Literature Review (C1)
  • Duration1 week
  • Weekly study3 hours

Produce a high quality literature review for your independent research project

A quality literature review is central to a good project. This course explores the role of a literature review within your project and how it links to the research question and design. The course explores approaches to doing a literature review and outlines the different phases involved.

What topics will you cover?

During this course you will cover the following topics:

  • Linking the literature review to the research question and design
  • Analysis of the main purposes a literature review might serve
  • Some approaches to doing a literature review
  • Discussion of strategies for identifying which sources to include in a literature review
  • The University’s guidance on plagiarism and ways to avoid committing it

This is supported through the following activities:

  • Reading your degree-specific guidance on the requirements for your literature review
  • Compiling a list of tips for producing a good literature review
  • Devising a strategy for searching using Locate
  • Making an initial plan of your literature
  • Reading the university guides on academic misconduct, Harvard referencing and searching using Locate
  • Practicing quoting, paraphrasing, and summarising research, and citing it correctly

Who is the course for?

Postgraduate students undertaking their final project.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry