Online course in Business & Management

Systematic Literature Review: An Introduction

Explore the different types of literature review and consider the importance of systematic literature reviews.

Systematic Literature Review: An Introduction

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
This course is part of the program Project Planning and Research Skills, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Business and Organisational Psychology. Find out more.

Understand how to create a systematic literature review

What makes a good systematic literature review? On this course you will consider the answers to this question as you explore the different types of literature review. You will consider the importance of systematic literature reviews for organisations and you will have the opportunity to learn about the process of identifying a research topic.

You’ll have the chance to choose a topic for your own literature review and business plan, as well as develop your research question.

This short course introduces the final assessment of MSc Business and Organisational Psychology.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to the literature review and business plan (Dissertation)
  • Different types of literature review
  • Traditional literature review vs systematic literature review
  • Advantages and disadvantages of traditional literature reviews
  • Systematic literature reviews
  • The importance of systematic literature reviews for organisations
  • Identifying a research topic
  • The research cycle
  • Factors to consider when identifying a research topic
  • Research questions
  • Developing a research question

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain what is expected from the dissertation module
  • Explore the different types of literature review
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of traditional literature reviews
  • Identify a research topic
  • Develop a research question

Who is the course for?

This course is for students looking to gain an understanding of how to review literature and the types of literature reviews available.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Andre Soares

Andre Soares

Andre Soares PhD, MSc, BSc, FHEA, CPsychol – Assistant Professor in Business and Organisational Psychology and course director for MSc Business and Organisational Psychology at Coventry University

Who developed the course?

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.

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What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

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How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Project Planning and Research Skills, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Business and Organisational Psychology.