Courses & Units

Literature Review KSM724


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 KSM724
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Doctor Madeleine Brasier
Teaching staff Associate Professor Vanessa Lucieer
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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 at a standard acceptable for submission to a funding body or peer-reviewed journa
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$2,075.00 $2,075.00 not applicable $4,944.00

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KSA405, KSA726, KSM721, KSM722 and 4 specialisation units: KSM601, KSM606, KSM608, KSM609 (Fisheries Management) OR KSM610, KSM614, KSM716, KSM717 (Sustainable Aquaculture) OR JFA533, KSM703, KSM714, KSM715 (Governance and Policy) OR KSA714, KSM718, KSM719, KSM723 (Marine Biology)

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KSA702 Literature Review


Teaching Pattern
  • 1 x 60 minute Lecture, weekly, for first 7 weeks of semester 
  • 1 x 60 minute Tutorial, weekly, throughout semester 
  • Delivered on-campus (IMAS Salamanca) and online
AssessmentMajor Literature Review (60%)|Literature review topic outline (10%)|Progress report and two paper review (15%)|Pre-submission of a draft, and an annotated bibliography (15%)
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