Assessment task details and instructions

The critical literature review should present a substantial review of literature relevant to your project (knowledge in your chosen topic area). Therefore, the content of everyone’s literature review will be different.
There should be critical evaluation of articles, discussion and clear argument (comparing and contrasting the main points) which places your project in context and shows strong justification for your choice of project.
You must decide which areas of literature are significant for your project and why. Your literature review must do more than describe literature; you should critically discuss factors of the literature that are most relevant. To be ‘critical’, you are required to read around the subject area, some articles will support your ideas, and some will not. You need to demonstrate knowledge of both perspectives and consider how these views are relevant to your work. You should have clear reasons for your assessment of the literature and by justifying these points you will be stating your critical analysis and judgement (in support and in opposition) to your project ideas.

Presentation/formatting of the Critical Literature Review:

The critical literature review must be presented as a word document. You are required to number the sections of your work and use page numbering.
You must state the word count at the end of your literature review.

Assessed intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Apply research techniques, define objectives and establish scope for a substantial piece of work.
  2. Design, plan and organise a substantial piece of work.
  3. Design software, or other practical outcomes/deliverables from the work, as part of a documented requirements process.
  4. Research a topic, related to an aspect of the degree programme, in depth by searching in, and studying the literature and by carrying out original research.
  5. Write a substantive document to include a review of relevant literature.

Transferable Skills and other Attributes
• Take part in discussions
• Read and respond to written material
• Produce written material

  1. (Problem Solving)
    • Frame Problems
    • Identify and appraise a range of solutions
  2. (Managing Own Learning & Performance)
    • Set targets and plan action
    • Follow a plan to meet your targets
    • Reflect on planning and outcomes

Module Aims

  1. Introduce students to individual academic research projects
  2. Develop academic research skills
  3. Develop an understanding of professional practice and build confidence in professional approaches
  4. Encourage the development of further research opportunities
    Word count: 2500 words in total
    This is the marking table which will be used to guide the marking of each section of your literature review.

Literature Review
Introduction mark out of 10
Relevant Literature mark out of 20
Critical Evaluation mark out of 20
Considered conclusion mark out of 10
Appropriate use of citations mark out of 10
Appropriate use of references mark out of 10
Style, presentation and formatting mark out of 10
Summarizing and précising skills mark out of 10
Total mark out of 100

By the final year of your programme, it is expected that you will utilise critical thinking and summarize/précis your own work. As such, the expectation is that you will keep to the word count.

By the final year of your programme, it is expected that you will utilize critical thinking and précis your own work. As such, the expectation is that you will keep within the word count. Content beyond specified word count will not be used for marking purposes.

Feedback arrangements

You can expect to receive summative feedback 15 working days after the due date. Typed feedback on your work will be available via turnitin. Further guidance can be obtained by arranging a face-to-face/telephone meeting with your individual project adviser.

Elements of research practice will be developed each week in the seminar sessions and each tutor will provide face-to-face formative feedback to inform on possible improvements. The development of individual research practice supports the requirements of the research proposal assessment through the enhancement of research skills.

Support arrangements
You can obtain support for this assessment by attending the required classes and seminars for the module. Engagement in timetabled sessions is vital. Regular meetings with your project adviser are vital.

In addition, you can meet with your tutor/s during office hours or email to make an appointment. Your tutors teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules; therefore, email response times will vary, however, they will endeavour to reply as quickly as possible.

The University offers a range of support services for students through askUS.
Good Academic Conduct and Academic Misconduct
Students are expected to learn and demonstrate skills associated with good academic conduct (academic integrity). Good academic conduct includes the use of clear and correct referencing of source materials. Here is a link to where you can find out more about the skills which students require

Academic Misconduct is an action which may give you an unfair advantage in your academic work. This includes plagiarism, asking someone else to write your assessment for you or taking notes into an exam. The University takes all forms of academic misconduct seriously. You can find out how to avoid academic misconduct here

Assessment Information
If you have any questions about assessment rules:
Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes 2020/21 is available at:

In regard to late submissions, you can submit your work up to one calendar week late. But all late submissions will be capped at the pass mark. Accepted personal mitigating circumstances will remove the capped mark.

PMCs – self certification is permitted (for less than 7 days), this is limited to one period of assessment per academic year.
Personal Mitigating Circumstances
If personal mitigating circumstances may have affected your ability to complete this assessment, you can find more information about personal mitigating circumstances procedure here.

Personal Tutor/Student Progression Administrator
If you have any concerns about your studies, contact your Personal Tutor or your Student Progression Administrator.

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