SC Literature Assignment




Responsible Instructor: T.J.J. van den Boom (Ton)

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The literature study is typically the initial phase of an MSc Thesis project (SC52030/SC52045), with the purpose to get acquainted with the scientific publications within the realm of the MSc-thesis project, and to prepare for the specific topics to be investigated. The student will need to search for recent publications (i.e. articles, theses, books) that are relevant for the particular thesis project. It is important to be very careful in judging the literature, since not everything written even in high-standard journals is useful - or even correct. In other words, one should be very critical and selective of which publications to use, and one should try to fully understand those that are relevant. See also> Graduation Guide for guidelines to perform literature searches.
Moreover the student needs to identify the current issues in his research area in order to avoid performing research on questions that have already been resolved in the literature.
Once some well-motivated choices have been made on what is planned to be to investigated, these are summarized in a report. This will then form the basis for the subsequent MSc-project work.

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The study goals of the literature study are:
o The student is able to search for/identify publications that are relevant to a specific research question
o The student is able to create an accurate overview of the state of the art for a specific research question
o The student is able to write a report "in his own words", referring to the correct sources where necessary, and without any form of plagiarism.

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The literature study is individual work, under supervison of your thesis supervisor.


The literature report is assessed by the thesis supervisor. Important aspects that are taken into consideration are the contents, the organization and clarity in writing and also the process in which the study is performed. An evaluation form is available from the DCSC website.


Old course code: SCP4510-11


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