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Unit information: Literature Review in 2021/22

Unit name Literature Review
Unit code BIOL30002
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Cuthill
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

A critical review of a chosen topic within the biological literature, presented in the format of a review article in a scientific journal.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

1. Use on-line and traditional library resources to find scientific articles relevant to a chosen topic;

2. Critically analyse the content of, and claims in, the articles found;

3. Synthesise and explain the published studies and theories relevant to a chosen topic;

4. Determine the gaps in knowledge or understanding relevant to a chosen topic;

5. Produce a concise, critical review intelligible to the non-specialist, scientifically informed reader.

Teaching Information

Academic staff provide review titles and discuss approaches with students at the start of term. Students' are expected to research and write. Students' research and writing is mainly done in 10 weeks during term. Students give an individual presentation on their Literature Review subject towards the end of the term, which provides a means for giving formative feedback to each student prior to submission of their completed review.

Assessment Information

100% of the unit mark is based on the written review, which assesses all ILOs.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. BIOL30002).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.