Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This interdisciplinary unit builds students' research skills and focuses on the processes associated with finding, analysing, evaluating, synthesising, and reporting on scholarly literature. With guidance, students individually choose a topic related to their field of study. Students complete a clear and concise review in a format appropriate to their topic and field, for example, a systematic review suitable for publication, or a consultancy report for a government organisation.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Science Communication [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) access and search the scholarly literature; (2) critically read the scholarly literature; and (3) complete a clear and concise literature review in a particular research field.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) preparation: a series of regular tasks that include preparing timelines, defining the research question, attending relevant library workshops, and submitting an outline of the review; (2) literature review: a substantial piece of writing based on a thorough and critical review of literature on a topic and in a format agreed upon by student and unit coordinator; and (3) seminar presentation. 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)
Dr Heather Bray and Dr Ann Grand
Unit rules
Enrolment in
51580 Master of Science Communication (ID 189)
or HON-SCCOM Science Communication
or 90620 Master of Clinical Research (ID 142)
or 12560 Master of Social Research Methods (ID 377)
or 72520 Master of Biological Science
Contact hours
online workshop: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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.