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FINAL
CRITICAL LITERATURE REVIEW (85%)

The
Final Critical Literature Review (2000 words), it should be noted, is worth 85%
and

consideration
will be given to the following:

§
A comprehensive introduction

§
Selection of appropriate resources

§
Critical analysis and review of resources

§
A comprehensive conclusion

§
Presentation of work

The
Final Critical Literature Review should demonstrate significant advancement
from your

Progress
Report — avoid the temptation of ‘cutting’ and ‘pasting’ large quantities of
work

from
your Progress Report. You should at this final stage, produce a Critical
Literature

Review
which shows evidence of wide and analytical reading, reflecting an outstanding

(critical)
comprehension of literature in your chosen topic / subject area.

The
following guidelines (for indicative purposes) have been adapted from a
framework

proposed
at the University of Warwick (1994 cited in Blaxter et al. 1997: 217) for
structuring

a
final year dissertation. You might find these useful:

§
Introduction

Outline
the research area — presenting the aim / objective(s) / research question(s),
which

should
relate to the literature review. Clearly and concisely state the reasons (or
rationale)

for
choosing the topic / subject area. Place your work in an academic and /
industrial

context
— how is it of use to the sector the topic / subject area relates to
(industrial context)

and
/ or what debate are you developing in the academic realm? Briefly outline the
structure

of
your report — what is contained in each section. This will give the reader an
indication

of
what is to follow, and how your project, research and thought have been
developed.

§ Literature Review

This
is a critical assessment of existing research in your chosen topic / subject
area. The

critical
review of literature should include contemporary resources and, also, depth and

breadth
of arguments are important. The literature review should be placed into context
in

view
of the aim / objective(s) / research question(s). You need to show evidence
that you

have
read and understood relevant literature relating to your area of study.
Arguments

should
be clearly and concisely stated — you should be critically interpreting,
analysing and

reflecting
upon the literature in your review.

§ Conclusion

Summarise
the main arguments emerging from your critical review of the literature — your

conclusions
need to be supported by the evidence presented in the literature review. You

need
to return to the aim / objective(s) / research question(s) of your work — have
these

been
fulfilled? You need to evaluate your own progress and project outcomes — what

limitations
would you identify? Are recommendations appropriate or necessary and if so are

they
feasible and practical?

§
References

All
references cited in-text should be listed in-line with the Harvard format.

§ Appendix

If
required.

Appendices
do not contribute to the word limit, nor are the marked. Appendices should be

used
selectively to demonstrate information which is interesting and relevant, but
not

integral.

PRESENTATION ISSUES

Presentation
Specifications of the Progress Report and Final Critical Literature Review

§
All work must be word-processed on A4 white paper

§
Text should be in Times New Roman / Arial, font size 12 / using 1.5 line
spacing

§
Left-hand margin & Right-hand margin must not be less than 30mm

§
All pages numbered

§
Eight-digit Student Registration Number should be placed in a header / footer
of

each
page.

§
Front Cover with Module Name, Module Code, Student Registration Number ,

Module
Leader’s Name and Supervisor’s Name.

REFERENCING

All
resources cited in-text and in the reference list should be in-line with the
Harvard

Referencing
System.

STUDY
SKILLS

The
following web-site contains learning material and aids that you might find
useful during

the
course of this module:

http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/index.asp

·
Research Strategies

http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/learning/research.asp

·
Critical and Analytical Thinking Skills

http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/thinking/critical.asp13

·
Writing Skills

http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/reading/writing.asp

·
Referencing and Plagiarism

http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/reading/referencing.asp

§
Appeals, Complaints and Conduct

Specific
links include:

Procedure
for Review of an Examination Board Decision

http://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/rev_of_exam_board_tcm44-26765.pdf

Student
Complaints Procedure 14

http://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/complaints_procedure_tcm44-26818.pdf

Student
Obligations

http://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/general_student_regs_tcm44-26816.pdf

§
Student Charter

§
http://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/student_charter_tcm44-26822.pdf

§
Overview of Academic Award Regulations

http://www.staffs.ac.uk/current/regulations/academic/index.php

§
Module Descriptor / Specification

http://www.staffs.ac.uk/current/student/modules/15

Marking Criteria

Criteria
Comment 1st 2nd Agreed

Critical
Literature Review:

Comprehensive
introduction

with
aim/objective/question

related
to the literature review

(10%)

Resources
selection –

appropriate
in respect of the

above
and contemporary, has

breadth
and depth

(20%)

Level
of analysis and critical

review
of resources

(40%)

Conclusion
– ability to

synthesize
and develop

arguments/perspectives

(20%)

Presentation

accurate
referencing, logical

structure,

language
proficiency

(10%)

TOTAL
16

Some
useful resources

Machi,
L.A. McEvoy, B T (2009) The Literature Review London, Corwin press

Thomas,
R. B. D. (2008). Theses and Dissertations. A Guide to Planning, Research, and

Writing.
London, Corwin Press

Veal,
A. J. (2011) Research methods for leisure and tourism

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