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TITLE Short Review Paper and Seminar

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The candidate will work on a literature review assigned by the department during the summer preceding the final year and will be supervised by one of more members of the academic staff. A list of topics is prepared for the purpose every year. The candidate will be required to prepare and deliver a presentation and then to submit a written paper on the work done.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study unit will:

- train the candidate to carry out a critical and thorough literature review pertinent to the assigned topic;
- train the candidate on the effective use of appropriate reference sources;
- provide training and some experience to improve presentation skills;
- train the candidate in scientific writing style through the preparation of a scientific paper;
- extend the knowledge of the candidate on the assigned topic;
- encourage the candidate to work independently.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- appreciate the importance of critical reviews in science;
- assimilate and understand the background science pertinent to the assigned topic.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- carry out a critical literature review;
- identify appropriate reference sources;
- use the available search facilities to find and retrieve documents on a specific subject;
- provide a written summary of a literature review, making use of standard referencing techniques;
- present the findings to an audience using an appropriate medium.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Guidelines are provided on the departmental website.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Seminar and Project

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) No 20%
Review Paper Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Joseph Caruana
Andrea De Marco
Pierre Sandre Farrugia
Alessio Magro
Vittorio Peano
Jackson Said
Charles V. Sammut (Co-ord.)
Andre Xuereb
Louis Zammit Mangion
Kristian Zarb Adami

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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