Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Health Sciences Literature Review

Module titleHealth Sciences Literature Review
Module codePAM3016
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Professor Karen Knapp (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This final year literature review module builds on the skills you have learnt in the previous years. It will stimulate your interest and knowledge in health science with the main component of the module being an independent literature review. Your research will take the form of one, 20-week narrative literature review. By performing an independent literature review you will get an insight into the world of research in health science. You will investigate your own specific research question using published literature under guidance of an expert in the field.  The module will consolidate your developing skills in collection, interpretation, formulation and presentation of evidence; and enhance your leadership and personal reflective behaviours and employment skills.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module seeks to develop your ability to conduct detailed literature reviews within the Health Science discipline and report the results in writing. It also aims to consolidate student reflective behaviours and employment skills. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of health science techniques.
  • 2. Apply skills of critical thinking, problem-formulation, problem-solving, and rigorous scientific data /information analysis to biomedical and/or clinical science practice.
  • 3. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of essential facts and theory in a research discipline related to health science.
  • 4. Describe and critically evaluate aspects of current research in health with reference to research articles.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Demonstrate professional competence in communicating effectively with academic staff and/or healthcare professionals
  • 6. Understand the expected performance standards in relation to scientific probity, multidisciplinary team-based practice and recognise personal levels of professional scientific competence.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Manage time, workload, ambiguity, change and stress effectively and demonstrate effective personal development planning, based on self-awareness and reflection
  • 8. Understand and apply key skills of effective project management and leadership

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:

In the final year, project work will normally be undertaken in the Autumn and Spring terms and the written final reports are normally due in the Spring term, 

Supervisory meetings are held by arrangement, with students entitled to at least 30 minutes of supervisory time per week. Three formal, documented meetings of project student and supervisor take place. 

Career development and employability skills will be discussed (e.g. CV consolidation and interview techniques) with Academic Tutor. 

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities24Project work: Supervisor meetings for guidance on project development, implementation, data analysis and interpretation.
Guided Independent Study326Other project related work including formative project proposal writing, project report writing, literature research and preparation for supervisor meetings.


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written Preliminary Project proposalProject proposal 500 words (within first 4 weeks of project)1-8Written and verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Literature review 1006,000 words 1-8Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Literature Review (100%)Re-submission of the 6,000 word literature review. 1-8By end of ref/def period

Re-assessment notes

Please also refer to the TQA section on Referral/Deferral:


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

This will vary according to your specific project, and will be advised by your supervisor and on the project description form

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

This will vary according to your specific project, and will be advised by your supervisor and on the project description form

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

As directed by the supervisor

Key words search

Research, data, analysis, literature, clinical science, biomedical science, health science, independent, evidence, critical appraisal, communication

Credit value35
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

PAM2007 Project Studies 2

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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