What is a Literature Review

A literature review is a search and evaluation of the available literature in your given subject or chosen topic area. It documents the state of the art with respect to the subject or topic you are writing about.

A literature review:

  • demonstrates a familiarity with a body of knowledge and establishes the credibility of your work;
  • summarises prior research and says how your project is linked to it;
  • integrates and summarises what is known about a subject;
  • demonstrates that you have learnt from others and that your research is a starting point for new ideas.

 

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Sample Assessment Tasks

Relevant GLO’s

Task

You are required to write a literature review in your chosen field of study, setting out the main debates in this field, current state of knowledge, and any gaps in the literature you have found. The literature review is to include a critical assessment of the significance of the literature you have found, and its contribution to your topic. You should include a brief summary of your literature review search methods.
Sample Rubric Lines
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Understand the use and structure of appropriate language in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication

Evaluates how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication.

Uses examples to analyse the effectiveness of language and structures to meet the needs of the context.

Proposes and justifies what structures and language would be most effective in a designated context.

Compares and contrasts how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication.

Uses examples to analyse the effectiveness of language and structures to meet the needs of the context.

Explains how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication Describes how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication Does not describe how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills necessary to understand and interpret information and communicate effectively according to the context Critically selects, evaluates, and structures ideas in a format that engages and informs the reader/listener through a well-articulated discussion supported by a wide range of relevant and credible sources Selects, analyses, synthesizes, and structures ideas in a format that engages and informs the reader/listener through a clear discussion supported by a range of relevant and credible sources Selects, applies, and structures ideas in a format that provides the reader/listener with clear and accurate information supported by relevant and credible sources Gathers, interprets, and presents relevant and credible information supported by relevant and credible sources in a structure and format appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context Does not gather, interpret, or present relevant and credible information supported by relevant and credible sources in a structure and format appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate the skills required to locate, access and critically evaluate existing information and data

Search wide range of relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Evaluate the merit of the source/information based on the differences and similarities between the different information and source. Justify evaluation through use of additional sources.

Search wide range of relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Evaluate the merit of the source/information based on the differences and similarities between the different information and sources.

Search relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Explain the importance of the differences and similarities between the different information sources.

Search relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Describe the differences and similarities between the different information sources.

Has not searched relevant articles or described the differences and similarities between different information sources.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Synthesize and apply information and data to different contexts to facilitate planning, problem solving and decision making

Identify current information and data relevant to the discipline.

Synthesises information and data to create ways to plan, problem solve and make decisions. Generates examples of situations where the information and data can be applied to plan, problem solve and make decisions within different contexts of the discipline

Identify current information and data relevant to the discipline.

Analyse the information and data to discuss how information can be applied  to plan, problem solve and make decisions in different contexts

Identify current information and data relevant to the discipline.

Combine information and data and explain how it applies to the discipline to plan, solve problems and make decisions.

Identify current information and data relevant to the discipline.

Describe the application of information and data to make decisions within the discipline

Does not identify current information and data relevant to the discipline or describe the application of information and data to make decisions within the discipline
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Possess the knowledge and understanding of the discipline and the nature of professionalism required for the given profession or discipline in contemporary societies

Identify information relevant to the discipline and describe how it affects the nature of professionalism.

Reflect on a variety of information and then hypothesise how that could then be applied in throughout their profession.

Identify information relevant to the discipline and describe how it affects the nature of professionalism. Analyse a variety of information to apply to their profession in an appropriate manner

Identify information relevant to the discipline and describe how it affects the nature of professionalism.

Combine and describe different sources of information relevant to the profession.

Identify information relevant to the discipline and describe how it affects the nature of professionalism. Does not identify information relevant to the discipline or describe how it affects the nature of professionalism.
Example drawn from WEL508 –  Social Policy Reading subject

 

 

Resources

What is a literature review?

https://student.unsw.edu.au/literature-review

http://www.csu.edu.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0010/2542744/Annotated-Bibliography-IKC100.doc