Phase 1 (300 words, 35%):
You should carry out a systematic literature search to identify research papers relevant to your chosen
topic. Include a Methods section giving details of databases that you used to source relevant literature,
your search strategy ((including keywords, how you combined them and details of any advanced search
techniques used), and inclusion and exclusion criteria that you applied to the results of your search in order
to select the literature for review. Include a flow diagram (Prisma diagram (see Figure 1) or similar) to help
illustrate the process. We suggest you should aim to identify between 10-12 key research papers, at least 5
of which should comprise primary research.
You should then conduct a critical evaluation of the primary research reported in the literature in terms of
the research approach and data collection methods used and present your results in the template attached
(Table 1: Critical Evaluation Research Methods). Note: this table is not included in the word count – it is
expected to be concise but detailed and will only be able to be completed after a thorough reading of the
identified papers which present primary research.