Reviews of the literature are important contributions to science. They provide a concise summary of what is currently known about a topic and often identify gaps in the literature which guide future research. Reviews of the literature, particularly systematic reviews or meta-analyses are often well cited and there are journals dedicated to this type of manuscript. Reviews are also presented at conferences and often provide an up to date summary on a given topic.
You will undertake a review of the literature on one (1) of the topics provided by the unit coordinator. You will then prepare a slide presentation on your review of the literature using PowerPoint or similar software, and deliver this presentation to the unit coordinator and your peers during one of the available online seminars, to be held during Week 7, Term 1, 2017. Online seminars will be conducted using ZOOM videoconferencing software and the seminars will be recorded.
Like presenting at a conference, there are some strict guidelines on how you should prepare your presentation. An overview of these is provided below, and you will receive more detailed information in lectures and on Moodle. Therefore you are strongly encouraged to attend and/or review the lectures online, and regularly check Moodle for tips on preparing a great presentation.
General format of the presentation
Duration: Not more than ten (10) minutes (approximately 8-15 slides), with an additional five (5) minutes for questions immediately following the presentation. Total time: 15 minutes.
Figures and tables: The use of figures, tables or diagrams to report your findings is encouraged but not mandatory.
Pictures or images: The use of pictures or images for the purpose of filling space on a slide or making the presentation ‘pretty’ is discouraged.
Font: Choose a non-serif font such as Calibri, Verdana, or Arial.
Language: English (Australian).
Transition between slides: None.
References: These are to be cited following the statement to which they pertain. The citation should be in the same font as the rest of the text, but size 12 point. The format should be (Author, year). If more than 1 author, list the first author then use et al. For example (Stanton et al, 2013). Do not use the complete citation. This will appear in the reference list which will form part of the Moodle submission.
By the due date prescribed below, you will submit via Moodle, two (2) files;
a) a PDF of the final slides you intend to present at the seminar; and
b) a Word document which contains the following information;
Your name and student number.
The title of your Review of the Literature.
A brief summary (not more than 250 words) of your Review of the Literature.
A reference list which contains a minimum of ten (10) references from the current (within 10 years) peer-reviewed literature which must be cited in your presentation. You may use EndNote or similar bibliographic software to format your references if you choose, or you may format them manually. If you choose to use EndNote, it can be obtained from CQUniversity’s ITD website. I would strongly encourage the use of EndNote since it is mandatory for your written laboratory research report. You are encouraged to trial this software early as I will be providing tips on its use and links to instructions each week. Referencing will be in APA 6th - full name format and this style is included in EndNote.