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ONLINE & PARTICIPATIVE: Jumpstart your literature review writing (Natural and Physical Sciences, including Health and Engineering)


About this workshop

Whether you have just registered, are starting out, have not written a word yet, or want to know more about literature reviews, Honours, Masters and PhD degree students at any stage of their writing are welcome to our online workshop.

This workshop will deliver input on what a literature review is, and how to decide what sort of one to construct within your thesis.  You will be guided in the use of online search tools with a brief discussion about reference packages available.  Together we will find peer reviewed articles for your literature review, and you will be facilitated and guided to start writing the review.  The writing will raise issues and questions and the facilitator will assist with these to develop confidence in you writing your literature review.

Prioritising which papers should be included or not assists with the efficiency in writing and I will share insights of how to “sort” papers, whilst still maintaining momentum and preventing you from “going down rabbit holes”.

Overall, we will maintain the context of your literature review within the larger body of writing and assist you to gain confidence in tackling this task.


What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • “Now, I am very confident in my ability to start drafting a literature review for my thesis.”
  • “I love the practical sessions because it makes it more applicable in practice.”
  • “The six steps to write the literature review was totally amazing and an A-HA moment.”


About the presenter

More than 12 years’ experience as a quantitative scientific researcher; supervised and graduated more than 30 postgraduate students; published more than 40 publications; internal and external reviewer of theses; invited presenter at national and international conferences.



Online via MS Teams*

*While this workshop is currently scheduled to take place on-line, we may change it to a face-to-face workshop as campus restrictions ease, venues become available, and further consideration is given to the pros and cons of online offerings.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences


* While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

For this workshop please bring:

  • Your thesis topic/direction/keywords
  • Electronic & downloaded copies of peer reviewed key texts for review or printed copies of these articles

Level of participation at the workshop

This workshop expects participants to be fully verbally and practically engaged and participatory.  Group and interactive plenary discussions will be embedded throughout the workshop.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.

Thursday, September 1, 2022
10:00am - 1:00pm
Prof. Lester Davids
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 95 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Fazeela Felton



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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