Module Identifier RS32720  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Charles J Newbold  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Iwan G Owen, Mr Penri James  
Mutually Exclusive AG32720 , RS31330  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 2 hr lecture/briefing per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay: Two essays of 5,000 words each, one per semester, or one essay of 10,000 words, as directed by the scheme co-ordinator  100%
Supplementary Assessment re-submission of the literature project  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1.   Demonstrate the skills necessary to research literature on a particular topic.

2.   Identify relevant issues.

3.   Critically discuss evidence.

4.   Produce coherent, fully referenced essays.

5.   Develop a critical, evaluative and analytical approach towards a body of literature.


This module aims to equip students with the skills to undertake a comprehensive review of literature and to enable them to produce coherent, fully informed extended essays.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
This literature review(s) will develop students' ability to work independently.

.2 IT and information handling
It is expected that the essay(s) will be word processed.

.4 Writing in an academic context
This skill is an integral feature of the literature reviews, and students will be assessed on this ability.

.7 Self management
Students will be expected to manage their own time in order to meet submission deadlines.

Reading Lists

Quinn G P and Keough M J (2002) Experimental design and data analysis for biologists Cambridge University Press
The Oxford English Dictionary


This module is at CQFW Level 6