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Before choosing courseFJP3101 Conducting Systematic Literature Reviews in Systems Engineering 5.0 creditsAdministrate About course

In any good research study knowing what others have done before you is key and most research papers contain related work sections. However, how you conduct your literature review differs a lot and mostly it is done ad-hoc without a proper method. Researchers basically choose what papers to include and which ones to exclude. This can cause bias and it is difficult to make sure that you haven’t missed any important sources. Conducting a systematic literature review with a documented methodology can solve these problems if done correctly with traceable decisions and assumptions. In this course you, as a student, will learn about different methods for conducting literature reviews, how do chose the appropriate one for you specific topic, and how to implement it in a good way.

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* Retrieved from Course syllabus FJP3101 (Spring 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

In this course we will discuss the difference between a “regular” related works section in a paper and a systematic literature review. We will study and compare different methods for conducting literature reviews, with focus on systematic methods and so-called meta-analyses. We will learn about the main differences between the different methods and what the pros and cons are with each. Each student will apply the most suitable method to his or her topic of study, within the area of systems engineering. This will be reported in an academic way, to either stand alone as contribution to the field or as a thorough traceable related work section for future papers on the topic.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe different methodologies for systematic literature reviews.
  • identify the most appropriate systematic literature review methodology for a certain research topic in systems engineering.
  • conduct a systematic literature review for a certain research topic in systems engineering, including analyzing the literature in an appropriate manner.
  • present systematic literature reviews in an academic acceptable manner.

Course Disposition

Lectures, seminars, presentations, and project report

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Booth, Andrew, Anthea Sutton, and Diana Papaioannou. Systematic approaches to a successful literature review. Sage, 2016.

And various papers on the topic decided together with the students during the course depending on what research fields that should be addressed. 

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • EXA1 - Examination, 5,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

  • Three 15 minute oral presentations during seminars
  • Project (preferably on a topic related to the student’s own research)
  • One 30 minute oral presentation of project
  • Written project report

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web FJP3101

Offered by

EECS/Network and Systems Engineering

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Robert Lagerström

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Network and Systems Engineering