Facilitator: Dr Munkombwe Muchindu holds a PhD in Chemistry and has over 10 years work experience. She first got exposed to thesis writing as a BSc student at the University of Botswana when she had to write up a mini thesis for her final year project. For her MSc degree at the same institution, she had to submit a full dissertation and journal article. She then moved to University of the Western Cape for her PhD where she submitted a full thesis and published several peer reviewed journal articles. She is currently working as a scientist at Mintek. She also co-supervises postgraduate students and serves as external examiner at several institutions including the University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of Venda, and the University of the Western Cape.

Target Group: Masters and Doctoral Candidates

Background: A literature review is a critical analysis of published works on a particular topic while Problem identification is based on the reviewed literature. Understanding where the gaps are in published literature presents an opportunity to meaningfully engage on a research topic and make a worthwhile contribution to knowledge. This approach may be applied to the formulation of theses, journal articles, book chapters or books. It requires the ability to clearly demonstrate where the proposed work fits into existing literature and advance knowledge creation.


Workshop Outcomes:

  • Participants will receive a set of tools to facilitate the identification of key authors, key debates, unanswered questions and ultimately lead to the development of a leading to problem statement.

This workshop is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG)


Workshop Information

15 - 16 February 2022


Online via MS Teams

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Kindly note: The maximum capacity of this workshop is 30 participants.


Enquiries: Jadine Januarie