CRITICAL REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE - 2018/9

Module code: MMIM028

Module Overview

Two of the intended learning outcomes for this programme are to appraise scientific literature and to communicate ideas, principles and research. In order to achieve these outcomes this module deals with approaches used to select and cite appropriate information from the scientific literature. The quality and accuracy of scientific reporting in press publications will be explored.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

COTTELL A Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C590

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Week1:


Seminar 1: Scientific journals – peer-review and impact factor (1h)
Workshop 1: Online search engines and databases (1h)


Week 2:


Seminar 2: Performing a literature review (1h)
Workshop 2: Citing references correctly (1h)


Week 3:


Deadline for “Evaluating the literature” assignment on SurreyLearn
Tutorial 1:One-to-one tutorial to discuss literature review plan (1h)


Week 4:


Seminar 3: Science reporting in the press (2h)


Weeks 5 - 8


Self-study: progression with literature review


Week 9: Tutorial 2: One-to-one tutorial for feedback on literature review draft

Week 11: Submission of literature review

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework “EVALUATING THE LITERATURE” EXERCISE 20
Coursework 3000 TO 4000 – WORD LITERATURE REVIEW 80

Alternative Assessment

“Evaluating the literature” exercise 20% 3000 to 4000 – word literature review 80%

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate :


Ability to appraise scientific literature within the field of Medical Microbiology
Citation of references using a standard format
Ability to communicate ideas, principles and research through the production of a literature review
Appreciation of the importance of accurate and high quality communication of science


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


An “Evaluating the Literature” exercise to be completed via SurreyLearn. Deadline: the third week of the module
A 3000 to 4000-word literature review on a relevant topic. Deadline: the last week of the module


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will be able to complete a practice SurreyLearn exercise, and also meet with their personal tutor on a one-to-one basis to discuss progress with the literature review. Students will be able to gauge their progress during the seminars and workshops.

Module aims

  • Identify databases through which peer-reviewed scientific literature can be found
  • Evaluate the quality and impact of different peer-reviewed publications
  • Develop competence in using standard citation methods
  • Guide students through the process of writing a literature review
  • Appraise the quality of science reporting in the press

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Appraise scientific literature within the field of Medical Microbiology KCT
2 Cite references using standard formats KPT
3 Communicate ideas, principles and research through the production of a literature review KCPT
4 Appreciate the importance of accurate and high quality communication of science CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 2

Independent Study Hours: 142

Lecture Hours: 2

Seminar Hours: 4

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop a critical understanding of the scientific literature through facilitated self-directed learning. The skills gained on this module are directly transferable to all other modules on the programme, and to the wider science profession.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Six hours of seminars, workshops and class discussion
Two hours of one-to-one tutorials

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for CRITICAL REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mmim028

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Medical Microbiology (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.