Postgraduate Course: Critical Literature Review (MEED11036)
|School||Edinburgh Medical School
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course affords students the opportunity to undertake and complete an in-depth critical review of literature pertaining to a 'problem' or chosen topic. Throughout the course, the critical literature review process is examined in order that students refine their research topic, while learning to systematically search for, collate, critically analyse, organise, and synthesise literature pertaining to it. To promote reflexivity, the assessment will also have a reflective component.
Through this course, students further develop the knowledge and skills to locate, critically examine and critically interpret evidence. The course supports the development of skills needed to both articulate a knowledge gap and design a strategy to address the gap. Furthermore, flourishing in an increasingly complex health and social care environment, requires developing the knowledge and skills to inform practice continuously by applying best available evidence, as well as dealing with uncertainties.
Online environments are used for the teaching, learning and assessment of all courses on the programme. This includes Microsoft Teams for regular, synchronous conversations, a virtual learning environment with discussion forums for asynchronous dialogue, and other interactive visual, audio, textural and graphical modes of communication.
The course provides students the opportunity to critically examine the methods and processes used to identify, search for, collate, critically analyse, and synthesise literature pertaining to an identified research topic. At the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to design, develop, and report on a critical literature review and to critically reflect on their own learning.
A culture of enthusiasm, optimism, curiosity, critical thinking and critical reflection is encouraged throughout the course. Students are encouraged to share the development of their critical literature review and learn with, and from, each other.
The course also supports students to focus on the practical application of what they learn from the course into their professional practice. Exploring the role and impact of clinical education and the management and leadership requirements to support evidence informed practice forms elements of the course content.
The course is delivered online using live conversations, discussion boards, reflective tasks, online resources, and self-directed and peer learning. A downloadable workbook is provided for students to work through as the course progresses. This also enables those with internet access issues to study offline.
Core themes will be discussed throughout the course and built upon through a progressive learning approach which requires participants to develop and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Themes that are covered include:
- Defining a research topic for investigation through critical literature review.
- Examining and identifying a methodological framework for critical literature review.
- Designing and implementing a systematic search strategy for retrieving relevant literature.
- Data management, including management of bibliographic records and of data extraction.
- Critically analysing and appraising retrieved research articles.
- Synthesising evidence in relation to the identified problem.
- Writing a structured critical literature review report.
- Critically reflecting on learning in relation to critical literature review.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Online Activities 60,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The Formative task
Students are expected to submit a short assignment for feedback only (no marks), mid-course.
The Summative assignment (100%)
A written, structured critical literature review of no more than 3,000 words.
||Feedback is generated on an ongoing basis through interactive live and asynchronous discussion and review of formative assignments.
Tutors will also provide individual, detailed comments on the summative end of course assignment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Investigate a problem through critical literature review.
- Design and implement a systematic search following a methodological framework.
- Organise and critically analyse retrieved research evidence.
- Synthesise research evidence from disparate sources.
- Critically reflect on learning in relation to critical literature review.
|Aromataris E, Munn Z (Editors). JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis. JBI, (2020) Available from https://synthesismanual.jbi.global. |
Boland, A., Cherry, M. G., & Dickson, R. (2017). Doing a Systematic Review: A Student's Guide. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. UoE subscription access to ebook: https://discovered.ed.ac.uk/permalink/44UOE_INST/7g3mt6/alma9924461178502466
Booth, A. (2015). EVIDENT Guidance for Reviewing the Evidence: a compendium of methodological literature and websites. Available from: https://edin.ac/38lglJu
Sutton, A., Clowes, M., Preston, L. and Booth, A. (2019), Meeting the review family: exploring review types and associated information retrieval requirements. Health Info Libr J, 36: 202-222. https://doi.org/10.1111/hir.12276
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||As an overview, the course enhances learning for an already motivated student group of health and social care professionals who demonstrate the values required of a clinical educator. The incentive of improving care and safety through excellence in education is a key inspiration of the student(s) who enrol on the course.
The content and format of the course further enhances these qualities by developing a culture that is supportive to allow learners to question assumptions around critical literature review that may be limiting their professional development.
Creating a 'safe space' that encourages learners to find ways of overcoming challenges a reality through curiosity, critical thinking and creativity will underpin the course.
||There are limited places to take this course as an outside elective and students not on the Clinical Education programme wishing to enrol, should first contact the Course Secretary to ascertain availability. Email: email@example.com
|Keywords||Literature review,critical appraisal,evidence synthesis,data management
|Course organiser||Dr Kirstin Stuart James
Tel: (0131)242 6536
|Course secretary||Mrs Femke Morrison
Tel: (0131) 242 6385