Courses & Units

Literature Review KSA702

Launceston, Hobart


This unit will provide students with experience in developing a literature review - a critical research skill. The student will use the scientific literature to write a review that includes: relevant background on the research topic; good coverage of important literature and key concepts; a critical analysis of current research in the field and potential future research directions. The student will demonstrate their capacity to synthesise a sound understanding of the relevant literature by writing clearly and concisely in an academic manner. A student may align the literature review from this unit with their Masters research project (if being completed) but that is not required and not always possible.


Unit name Literature Review
Unit code KSA702
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture|Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Doctor Cayne Layton
Teaching staff Doctor Vanessa Lucieer
Available as student elective? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Locate, collate, and synthesise published literature from the natural and/or social science fields of knowledge.
  • Develop skills and experience in literature research methods, tools, and analyses.
  • Critically evaluate and synthesise authoritative information to develop convincing, evidence-based arguments or perspectives.
  • Write a scientific literature review to a standard acceptable for submission to a funding body or peer-reviewed journal.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010900 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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KSA405 Research Methods in Marine and Antarctic Science


Teaching Pattern
  • 1 x 60 min Lecture, weekly, for first 6 weeks of semester (will be recorded).
  • 1 x 60 min Tutorial, weekly, throughout semester (non-mandatory, these are primarily student-led casual sessions)
  • Delivered on-campus (IMAS Salamanca), and simultaneously broadcast to UTAS Launceston and online.
AssessmentLiterature Review (100%)
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