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Speaker: Professor Dr. Maya Khemlani David
Date: Friday, 21 November 2014
Time: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Venue: Wisma R&D, University Of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur

Course Description
All academics have to conduct research studies. Research has to be systematically conducted and instruments or tools applied must be reliable whilst analysis or findings must be verifiable to be considered valid. All these procedures cannot be subjectively developed. In fact, they must be scientifically processed because whatever outcome that is obtained from the research must be measurable. How does a novice researcher go about doing this? The literature search to a large extent serves this purpose. Experience shows that conducting a search on past and present studies so as to write the literature review is one of the most difficult steps in the preliminary rounds of a research as it can become an endless task if one does not know when to stop. A researcher with the aim of conducting a new research must read about the work of others so that he/she can identify relevant theories, conceptual frameworks, definitive concepts, models of approach, relevant and suitable tools and instruments, all of which can be applied in his/her own research. Doing a literature search is also important because it allows the researcher to locate earlier studies that have been conducted as this can enable the
researcher to identify problems, strengths and weaknesses as well as research gaps. In addition, literature search can help to determine whether or not certain tools and instruments are suitable and if not what can or should be done to address the problem. Within the field of postgraduate studies, putting much effort when conducting a solid literature search should also help improve one’s critical thinking skills and academic writing skills. A solid and critical analysis of past studies shows the examiner or the reader that the student is well read and is aware of current studies and is able to evaluate the strengths and weakness of previous studies.

Aim: This course aims to provide a number of benefits to the participants:

  1. Raise the consciousness of the importance of Literature review
  2. Enable participants to distinguish what is fact, opinion, claims and arguments
  3. Provide participants with the strategies to locate strengths and weaknesses of various sources
  4. Support participants in the ability to read critically and write academically


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