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Research skills 2: literature skills

The psychological skills modules develop students’ knowledge of the field and ways of working effectively in it, particularly in terms of accessing, learning and applying research.

This module aims to teach students how to search databases for literature, conduct a systematic literature review, write a concise report of the process of conducting a systematic review, and introduce students to the principles of meta-analysis.

Topics covered

  • An introduction to systematic literature reviews
  • Planning a systematic literature review
  • Processes and methods of conducting a systematic literature review
  • Selecting and searching databases
  • Evaluating the methodological relevance of research evidence
  • Assessing the quality of research evidence.
  • Summarising, interpreting and evaluating research evidence
  • Writing up the process of conducting a systematic literature review
  • An introduction to techniques used in a meta-analysis.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of a systematic literature review.
  • Carry out a systematic review of the literature in an area of your choice.
  • Report the outcome of your systematic review in an appropriate format.
  • Evaluate the outcome of your systematic review.
  • Understand the purpose of a meta-analysis.
  • Understand the basic techniques used in a meta-analysis.

Assessment

  • Coursework (80%)
  • Examination (20%)