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Unit Overview


Students apply logical and sequential thinking to plan and undertake an in-depth literature search on a selected research topic using a range of databases/search engines. Students critique literature to identify trends and gaps in the literature, recognize quality publications, and determine contemporary issues and debates in relation to the topic. Drawing on global and interdisciplinary literature, students scope the project, explore research paradigms, and develop a conceptual framework for addressing the topic. Strategies for managing and storing relevant literature and producing coherent and sequential academic writing will be a key focus of this unit.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) plan and implement strategies for in-depth literature searches; (2) use digital platforms/databases/scholarly search engines to locate literature; (3) appraise and synthesise literature from a global perspective; (4) adhere to appropriate academic protocols when composing literature reviews; (5) develop a conceptual framework drawing on themes evident in literature; and (6) communicate insights from literature reviews to a diverse audience.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review outline; (2) conceptual/theoretical framework; and (3) literature review. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tanya Fitzgerald
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Doctor of Education (30810)
Advisable prior study
a master's degree, preferably in education, with evidence of research ability
Contact hours
25 hours

Individual lecturers will supply an appropriate list of texts.

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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.