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he topic will be systematic quantitative literature review on FOOD WASTE MANAGEMENT ACCORDING TO HIS EMAIL… He wants to add the term “restaurant” to “food waste management” just to make it more narrow (and relevant to you)


the topic will be systematic quantitative literature review on FOOD WASTE MANAGEMENT

ACCORDING TO HIS EMAIL… He wants to add the term “restaurant” to “food waste management” just to make it more narrow (and relevant to you)


AND PLEASE START DOING THIS ASSIGNMENT as it is due this thursday. I am sorry that I was so late to provide all the information about this assignment. This is quite a hard and confusing unit. Please read all the information carefully and proceed with this assignment and let me know if you have any questions.

PDF document systematic quant lit review example.pdf

For students thinking of doing a systematic review of some sort I’ve attached a systematic QUANTITATIVE literature review which in some ways is simpler, as you really have to just ‘count’ instances of things (e.g. “how many papers were published in American journals”, “how many multi-authored papers”) rather than more deeply analyse them.

THere’s a great clearing house of resources, at Griffith University, one of the pioneers of the quantitative literature review:


Instead of using Google Scholar in the below, you could use one of the databases in the library (e.g. Scopus or EBSOHOST or Web of Science for example) to do your review.

I’ll give details on the ‘how’ shortly, but first, to focus on the topic, choose a field in your own discipline area, and in an email, briefly let me know what your proposed focus area will be, and I’ll provide some guidance on the search terms to use to build a small database of articles from which to draw on.

Being small, your submission can be organised by giving a brief introduction (say 1000 words or so which SHOULD include some references and map the broad field), in which you can draw on literature more broadly (even your textbooks if you have to) to provide a background to the issue you’re interested in.

Then a brief ‘Methods section’ (200-500 words) where you clearly explain your approach to conducting the review (basically a ‘recipe’ so someone else, reading the paper, is able to more or less repeat your effort). This ‘recipe’ should follow standard systematic literature review protocols (see below pdf or actually just search for “systematic review” in Google Scholar for some examples). Consider including a table that shows what you have included and excluded in your review as per the examples you’ve seen either in your own reading. Let me know your search terms (key words) and other things that will illuminate your method.

Then finally, there should be the findings (1000-1500) and then discussion (300-500 words) where you summarise the results and indicate what it all means. I strongly urge you to look at published, peer-reviewed examples of systematic literature reviews to see how to present your findings. Do not waste words. Present your findings as compactly as possible. Pay attention to structuring your findings so that it is not ‘all over the place’…but tidy, organized, structured in a logical sequence. Use as many subheadings as you like to help organize your work.

To help you understand this methods section, I recommend you have a look at some published systematic reviews (regardless of the topic) and turn to their methods section and see how they approach this, or read a good basic research methods book on it. (I think the former approach is better, personally). To find some suitable ‘models’ for both of the methods I refer to below, type the words systematic, literature and review into Google Scholar… I recommend you look at


…for example.

You will be aiming to limit or change your search parameters so that you ‘yield’ around 20-25 articles for your review. You can limit the ‘yield’ from your approach by using type of publication (“I will only use articles published in the XYZ Journal and the ABC Journal”) or other details (only longitudinal, or theoretical, or quantitative or qualitative…or only American, or French…or only those published between 2010 and 2017… just for example)…

After the methods section, you would present your literature review, in which you can sum up what you have found…the differences, similarities, patterns in the literature you have ‘yielded’ in your search approach, in a critical manner. I recommend you have a look at the Manchester Academic Phrasebank.


Now, I realise that you may not have previously been exposed to the concept of the systematic literature review, except briefly in the Research and Business unit, however, it is fairly straightforward, and is considered to be a ‘research method’ of secondary data in its own right. Many students in the assignments in this unit failed to really think about and explain their methods…or even their search terms. Clearly defining your search terms (and making sure they do produce good quality results) is part of doing a good systematic literature review.

You can choose between two approaches:

A] A systematic quantitative literature review (as mentioned above)


B] Alternatively, a more conventional systematic literature review


Please use APA style referencing in your review, and remember to be consistent and professional in your review.


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