Literature Review

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
16 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSCIC690 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIC691 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
MSCIC699 Sports and Exercise Science

Module description

The module will develop your skills in reviewing and critically appraising academic text. You are required to write a literature review which should focus on a contemporary issue in sport and exercise science.

This process involves searching for, obtaining and understanding the research literature and the critical skills required to analyse and synthesise the material into a literature review. The review should be firmly based in the contemporary literature and will reference original research papers as well as reviews and standard texts.

The literature will never embody data collected by the author except on the very rare occasions when a meta-analysis of others' findings is included. A good literature review will not only review the literature but also weigh conflicting arguments and adopt a logically defended position.

It is acceptable to present published data in the form of figures and tables (with the source acknowledged) or to perform a meta-analysis. You should therefore endeavour to use existing sources of literature to discuss a contemporary issue in a new or original way.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to develop critical awareness of the current state of research on a selected topic and produce a critical synthesis in written format.

Module learning outcomes

In order to pass this module students will need to demonstrate an ability to explore in depth issues in sport and exercise science through critical review of the contemporary literature.

By the end of the Literature Review module you should be able to:
1. Plan and prepare for an extended literature review;
2. Use various library and online resources to identify and retrieve relevant literature;
3. Communicate effectively draft literature review ideas via an oral presentation;
4. Adopt a critical and evaluative approach to writing;
5. Construct logical arguments supported with appropriate sources of evidence;
6. Critically appraise research papers and construct a literature review;
7. Formulate clear, coherent and convincing arguments in relation to a topic or issue;
8. Clearly communicate thoughts and ideas orally and in written format;
9. Adopt an opinion or position in relation to an issue which you are able to defend confidently.

Module information

Seminar (week 2) – Introduction to the literature review process
Master Class 1 (week 3) – Retrieving journal articles, literature databases and End Note
Master Class 2 (week 4) – Structuring your literature review and referencing. How not to plagiarise
Master Class 3 (week 5) – The art of critical appraisal and synthesising literature
Group Tutorials (weeks 6 and 9) – Facilitate process of developing review
Seminar (week 10) – Oral presentation of your draft literature review

Learning and teaching methods

This is a non-taught (student led) module so has fewer contact hours than other modules. It provides students with the opportunity to pursue an independent programme of self-directed study. 4 x 2 hour seminar/ Master Classes 2 x 1 hour student led group tutorials 3 x 1 hour individual tutorials with allocated topic supervisor


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Presentation     20% 
Coursework   Literature Review    80% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Miss Kelly Peters, email:
Kelly Peters



External examiner

Dr Owen Thomas
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Reader: Sport Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 12 hours, 9 (75%) hours available to students:
3 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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