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Literature Synthesis & Review


3.0 Credit, 3 Lecture, 0 Lab


Strategies, methods, and habits for writing and publishing effective critical literature reviews. Students must already have a research topic selected, defined narrowly enough to do meaningful inquiry, and approved by their advisor before taking the course.

Understanding Literature Reviews

Understand the components of an effective literature review that contributes new understandings

Topic Selection

Select an appropriate topic for a comprehensive literature review

Literature Searching and Review

Develop effective strategies for searching and reviewing previous research

Literature Summarization and Critique

Summarize and critique previous studies as a form of interpretation

Writing Strategies

Develop effective writing strategies and habits

Write Critical Literature Review

Produce a critical and interpretative literature review

Peer Review Process Understanding

Understand how to negotiate the journal peer review publishing process