ASSESSMENT 3 - Literature Review (1500 words):
Continuing from Assessment 1 and 2 now provide a literature review of your clinical topic within your discipline that has grabbed your attention and made you question and challenge any preconceptions. This is a topic which you will eventually develop a research question as an outcome of your literature review. Provide a concise overview of what is known about the topic you are focusing on. (30%)
Step 1. Identify a clinical topic
Choose a clinical topic within your discipline that is of particular interest to you. This is a topic which you will eventually develop a research question as an outcome of your literature review.
Step 2. Develop a literature review
This assessment item will allow you to develop a comprehensive, well-structured and logical literature review.
You will develop the literature review with aim to include the review in Assessment Item 4: Research Portfolio. Taking into consideration comments you have received for this assessment item as the initial literature review, you will further develop the literature review for inclusion in the Assessment 4 Research Portfolio. You are expected to develop and refine the review taking into account your further research on the topic and comments received.
The Literature Review
A well-structured literature review provides a concise overview of what is known about the topic you are focusing on. Using peer review and evidence-based articles (for example, referred journal articles, government reports), you will present what is known as well as gaps in the evidence that you have identified in researching your topic.
The literature review provides background and context to your topic area. In beginning of the literature review, you want to tell your reader the topic you will be covering in the review, the scope of your research and how this review ties into your topic area. The body of the literature review should be well supported with extensive in-text citations. By examining different aspects of the topic you will want to present differing views and findings, as appropriate. Towards the end of the literature review you will provide a statement regarding the state of evidence, or lack of, regarding your topic. For example: Evidence to support the understanding of XYZ is lacking. Therefore, the proposed research will aim to collect and analyse information to further examine this topic and to develop recommendations for further research.
You can find further guidance regarding the purpose and writing of a literature review at the CQU library: http://libguides.library.cqu.edu.au/litreview. There you will find some excellent tips on how to approach writing a literature review along with valuable tips and resources. See also Guide to Literature Review Assessment Task.
At a minimum, the literature review should include:
* Cover page
* Discussion - Use headings where possible
Please refer the Grading Matrix for this assessment item.
Word limit: 1500 words. Word count is calculated using standard word count and does not include the Cover page or References. Please state the word count on the cover page