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ASC Courses and Workshops: WCSS 8350: Writing a Literature Review

WCSS 8350: Writing a Literature Review

4.5 credits; 11 weeks

Ideal Students

  • Students writing or preparing to write a capstone project
  • Students who are working on the depth section of their KAM
  • Students who desire to improve synthesis and summary skills
  • Students who want to better organize their research
  • NOTE: Doctoral students only.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to help students write a well-structured, soundly presented critical literature review. The course covers topic selection, research analysis, and writing, editing, and proofreading strategies.

Upon completing the course, students will have produced a literature review using a minimum of 15 self-selected research articles. This course is appropriate for doctoral students who are writing course papers, theses, or dissertations.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who have already begun writing the literature for their proposal should take the Doctoral Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing the Literature Review course instead so they can work on their own writing. 

Course Outcomes

  • Explain the purpose and importance of a literature review
  • Explain the concept of objectivity and its importance in a literature review
  • Use higher order thinking skills in the conceptualizing and writing of a literature review
  • Use higher order thinking skills in critically reviewing research articles
  • Develop a literature review with the appropriate components, format, and voice
  • Develop a theoretical framework while creating a literature review
  • Write a literature review that is logical, organized, clear, and understandable
  • Write objectively in the context of a literature review


This course costs $195. This amount does not include any applicable taxes and/or fees. 

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