Development of a Design Science Artefact to Teach Computing Students a Systematic Literature Review


  • Mmatshuene Anna Segooa Tshwane University of Technology
  • Ignitia Motjolopane North-West University
  • Florah Sewela Modiba Nelson Mandela University



Systematic literature review, design science research, information systems, artefact, teaching SLR


Teaching students to conduct a rigorous systematic literature review (SLR) may be challenging, given the growing output of scientific literature and the increasing plethora of supporting software and artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT. A SLR supported by design science artefacts and emerging artificial intelligence tools have the potential to overcome the challenges posed by increasing scientific literature. However, guidelines and steps required to conduct a SLR still need to be clarified in the existing literature. Furthermore, existing design science artefacts and software tools do not support teaching students to conduct rigorous systematic reviews. This paper presents guidelines on the required steps for a rigorous SLR and proposes a Researchbuddie artefact to support teaching SLR. Using a systematic review and design science findings, identify SLRs four main phases of planning, conducting, evaluating and reporting reviews, each supported by itemised sub-steps. Furthermore, a design science artefact Researchbuddie is proposed to support teaching SLR. Therefore, the paper contributes to guidelines for teaching SLR for Information Systems students with phases, sub-steps and a proposed Researchbuddie artefact.

Author Biographies

Mmatshuene Anna Segooa, Tshwane University of Technology

Dr. Mmatshuene Anna Segooa is a Doctor of Computing at Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. She obtained her Ph.D. in Computing (Informatics) in 2021. She serves as International Collaboration and partnerships projects Lead, and reviewer of Journals and conferences and is also involved in the organisation of international conferences. Her main research interest includes Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Design Science, and Systematic Literature Review.

Ignitia Motjolopane, North-West University

Prof Ignitia Motjolopane is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the North-West University, South Africa. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Witwatersrand and has experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Her passion is supporting the interconnect between research and innovation. Her current research focuses on business models, digital transformation, business analytics, and artificial intelligence. 

Florah Sewela Modiba, Nelson Mandela University

Dr Florah Sewela Modiba is a Doctor of Development Sciences at Nelson Mandela University. She obtained her D LITT ET PHIL from the University of South Africa in 2016. She teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate. Her research interests include development policy, gender, informal economy, entrepreneurship, innovative rural development approaches, and research methods.