Literature review

Hand Checkering Lab
February 4, 2020
Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
February 4, 2020

Part 1 Weighting (40% of the module)
Part 1 (100 marks) – PowerPoint Slides and Speaker Notes
This is an individual presentation.

Part 2 Weighting (60% of the module)
Part 2 (100 marks) – Report

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This is a 2-part assessment, with separate submissions for each part.

For this assessment, you will need to conduct a literature search on ONE of the topics below (presented as a report) and then produce a PowerPoint presentation of your search findings.
There is no primary data/research required in this assessment.
The topics are as follows:
• The attitude of higher education students to compulsory organ donation;
• The level of awareness of Healthcare students of the Health and Social Care Act 2012;
• The internet as a source of health information among higher education students;
• Dieting among higher education students in England.
Using PowerPoint, you should provide a brief introduction the topic you have chosen, which would include the background and current issues. Your presentation should include a summary of 3 to 5 materials, one of which must include a data source relevant to the topic, and an evaluation of the sources used.
The structure of the presentation and marks breakdown is as follows:
1) Introduction to the Research Topic (1 slide recommended) – 10 marks
2) Background to the Problem (1 slide recommended) – 10 marks
3) Summary of the literature (3-5 slides recommended) – 50 marks
4) Methodology used to find the literature sources (1-2 slides recommended) – 20 marks
5) References/Bibliography (1 slide) – 10 marks

• For your chosen topic, make sure you get a clear understanding of who higher education students comprise, and the different perspectives or meanings of key terms like organ donation, health information (what does this cover), dieting (is this just about food or some other things).
• For the methodology, explain how you went about the research. What search techniques did you use? How did you choose your research question(s)?
• Your data must come from credible sources such as, or any other official source.

  1. Your Presentation

A maximum of 10 slides, to include speaker notes; below is a guide on how to break that down. You are expected to have about 1000 words in all, (about 500-600 of those in your speaker notes).

Suggested Slides:

  1. Introduction to your research Topic (1 slide)
    • Briefly introduce your work, setting ‘aims’ and ‘objectives’.
    • Say what your literature review is going to do (it is not an introduction to the topic).
  2. Background to the problem (1 slide)
    • Give the key points of the background to your topic.
  3. Review literature (3 to 5 slides)
    • Give a summary of your chosen literature and your data source, about 1 slide each.
    • Demonstrate you understand what the data is telling you about trends and patterns.
    • Show you understand the key issues, methodology, and conclusions for all of your literature sources.
  4. Research methodology (1 slides)
    • Describe the ‘method’ you used to identify the literature you reviewed.
    • What steps did you take to arrive at the data sources and literature, e.g. which search engines, search terms, exclusion/inclusion criteria.
  5. References/Bibliography (1 slide)
    • Using the AU Harvard style (See Arden Referencing Guide)

Please note for the presentation

It is up to you how you present the slides, e.g. with colours, pictures, etc, but you are not being assessed on your creative skills. Your slides can be limited to a few keywords, with your speaker notes expanding on these.

You are being assessed on your ability to follow instructions, present your material in a logical way, to identify and highlight key points of your topic, as well as your grammar/spelling/referencing.

Your Report

In this report, with a maximum of 2000 words, you will need to expand on the work you did for the presentation by adding more content. Below is a guide on how to break this down. Include the titles below as sub-headings in your report. The marks breakdown will be proportionate to the number of words suggested for each aspect.

  1. Introduction to the Research Project (100 words)
    • Introduce your work clearly setting out the aims and objectives of your literature review (this is not an introduction to your topic).
    • Ensure your objectives are SMART.
  2. Literature Search Results (600 words)
    • Describe the results of each literature search, paraphrasing the content.
  3. Methodology (400 words)
    • Describe the method you used to identify (and, where appropriate, narrow down) the literature used in your review. E.g. What steps did you take to arrive at your chosen literature and data sources? Which search engines, search terms, exclusion/inclusion criteria did you use and how did you assess the credibility of what you found?
  4. Discussions on the data (300 words)
    • Present the data in tables, charts or graphs.
    • Discuss the data itself and the credibility of the data (ensure you have chosen a credible source!).
  5. Findings (400 words)
    • Summarise the findings of your chosen literature and draw any conclusions to those findings.
    • Say what you think it means in real world terms.
    • Identify areas for further research if possible.
  6. Reflections on your own learning during research (200 words)
    • Thinking back to reflect on your experience in carrying out this literature review, say what worked, what did not, and what would you do differently next time.
    • State what you have learnt from this experience.
  7. References/Bibliography
    • References should be used throughout, including in text citations and a reference list and bibliography at the end of your work. Refer to the AU Harvard Referencing guide.
    • References (and headings) are not included in a word count
  8. Appendices
    • Copy your PowerPoint slides and accompanying speaker notes into a Word document and include as an appendix.

Please Note for the report

This literature review is to enable you to demonstrate your understanding of the research process and to use note-taking to aid you in identifying key information. Paraphrasing and summarizing will be important in doing this part of the assessment.

The presentation is seen as a planning/overview document for your report so there will inevitably some overlap; however, copying chunks of work from one to the other is not appropriate and will be reflect in your marks.

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