Overview and requirements

The critique is expected to consist of four sections: Introduction, Summary, Assessment, and
Conclusion. The Critique task will be marked against the below guidelines for these sections.
Additionally, the overall presentation, style, and formatting will be considered. Please see
further details in the relevant tutorial material.


The Introduction section should be relatively short, approximately one paragraph,
and mention the following:
o Title, authors, publication date and venue (name of journal or conference),
and topic of the article
o Main argument or purpose (aim) of the work.
o A concluding brief statement of your evaluation. This signposts what your full
evaluation of the work will be – for instance, it may indicate whether it is a
positive, negative, or mixed evaluation.


The summary is not the main focus of the critique and should normally be shorter
than the Assessment (see next section). At this stage you are just summarizing the
article without judgement. The length of the summary is normally 1-2 paragraphs.

The summary should address (where relevant):
o What was the study about?
o What specific objectives / research questions did the authors have
o What was their methodology: what methods did they use, e.g. data/analysis,
theoretical study, mathematical modelling, computer simulations,
experiments, etc.
o What were the major results/outcomes


The conclusion of the critique is normally a short paragraph, consisting of:
• Your overall judgement of the work. E.g. is it relevant/useful/reliable, what is the
overall quality as evaluated in the Assessment section.
• A brief summary of the key reasons for your evaluation

Referencing style: IEEE style