Critical Literature Review

| October 22, 2018

FINAL CRITICAL LITERATURE REVIEW (85%)The Final Critical Literature Review (2000 words), it should be noted, is worth 85% andconsideration will be given to the following:§ A comprehensive introduction§ Selection of appropriate resources§ Critical analysis and review of resources§ A comprehensive conclusion§ Presentation of workThe Final Critical Literature Review should demonstrate significant advancement from yourProgress Report — avoid the temptation of ‘cutting’ and ‘pasting’ large quantities of workfrom your Progress Report. You should at this final stage, produce a Critical LiteratureReview which shows evidence of wide and analytical reading, reflecting an outstanding(critical) comprehension of literature in your chosen topic / subject area.The following guidelines (for indicative purposes) have been adapted from a frameworkproposed at the University of Warwick (1994 cited in Blaxter et al. 1997: 217) for structuringa final year dissertation. You might find these useful:§ IntroductionOutline the research area — presenting the aim / objective(s) / research question(s), whichshould relate to the literature review. Clearly and concisely state the reasons (or rationale)for choosing the topic / subject area. Place your work in an academic and / industrialcontext — how is it of use to the sector the topic / subject area relates to (industrial context)and / or what debate are you developing in the academic realm? Briefly outline the structureof your report — what is contained in each section. This will give the reader an indicationof what is to follow, and how your project, research and thought have been developed.§ Literature ReviewThis is a critical assessment of existing research in your chosen topic / subject area. Thecritical review of literature should include contemporary resources and, also, depth andbreadth of arguments are important. The literature review should be placed into context inview of the aim / objective(s) / research question(s). You need to show evidence that youhave read and understood relevant literature relating to your area of study. Argumentsshould be clearly and concisely stated — you should be critically interpreting, analysing andreflecting upon the literature in your review.§ ConclusionSummarise the main arguments emerging from your critical review of the literature — yourconclusions need to be supported by the evidence presented in the literature review. Youneed to return to the aim / objective(s) / research question(s) of your work — have thesebeen fulfilled? You need to evaluate your own progress and project outcomes — whatlimitations would you identify? Are recommendations appropriate or necessary and if so arethey feasible and practical?§ ReferencesAll references cited in-text should be listed in-line with the Harvard format.§ AppendixIf required.Appendices do not contribute to the word limit, nor are the marked. Appendices should beused selectively to demonstrate information which is interesting and relevant, but notintegral.PRESENTATION ISSUESPresentation Specifications of the Progress Report and Final Critical Literature Review§ All work must be word-processed on A4 white paper§ Text should be in Times New Roman / Arial, font size 12 / using 1.5 line spacing§ Left-hand margin & Right-hand margin must not be less than 30mm§ All pages numbered§ Eight-digit Student Registration Number should be placed in a header / footer ofeach page.§ Front Cover with Module Name, Module Code, Student Registration Number ,Module Leader’s Name and Supervisor’s Name.REFERENCINGAll resources cited in-text and in the reference list should be in-line with the HarvardReferencing System.STUDY SKILLSThe following web-site contains learning material and aids that you might find useful duringthe course of this module:http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/index.asp· Research Strategieshttp://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/learning/research.asp· Critical and Analytical Thinking Skillshttp://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/thinking/critical.asp13· Writing Skillshttp://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/reading/writing.asp· Referencing and Plagiarismhttp://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/reading/referencing.asp§ Appeals, Complaints and ConductSpecific links include:Procedure for Review of an Examination Board Decisionhttp://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/rev_of_exam_board_tcm44-26765.pdfStudent Complaints Procedure 14http://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/complaints_procedure_tcm44-26818.pdfStudent Obligationshttp://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/general_student_regs_tcm44-26816.pdf§ Student Charter§ http://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/student_charter_tcm44-26822.pdf§ Overview of Academic Award Regulationshttp://www.staffs.ac.uk/current/regulations/academic/index.php§ Module Descriptor / Specificationhttp://www.staffs.ac.uk/current/student/modules/15Marking CriteriaCriteria Comment 1st 2nd AgreedCritical Literature Review:Comprehensive introductionwith aim/objective/questionrelated to the literature review(10%)Resources selection –appropriate in respect of theabove and contemporary, hasbreadth and depth(20%)Level of analysis and criticalreview of resources(40%)Conclusion – ability tosynthesize and developarguments/perspectives(20%)Presentation –accurate referencing, logicalstructure,language proficiency(10%)TOTAL 16Some useful resourcesMachi, L.A. McEvoy, B T (2009) The Literature Review London, Corwin pressThomas, R. B. D. (2008). Theses and Dissertations. A Guide to Planning, Research, andWriting. London, Corwin PressVeal, A. J. (2011) Research methods for leisure and tourism

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