I am writing my M Phil thesis in engineering, on the development of a new process for treating a particular type of wastewater.
In my literature review I have a background section, which describes the nature of the problem to be solved.
Originally I used this section to thoroughly describe the problem my thesis is trying to solve. For example, I explained the mechanism by which each contaminant effects the environment. This section was about 3 pages long.
However, I then noticed another thesis that had recently been accepted from my university simply stated "Wastewater from process X is a serious problem" and referenced a review article.
After seeing this I rewrote my background section in a similar style to the above, and got it down to under one page.
I believe the shorter style makes more sense because the problem I am attempting to solve is well known in the literature. If the reader wishes to know more information they can read one of the many articles describing it.
For now I am planning to go with the shorter style. Does anyone have any insights as to which style would be better?
Also, if you are wondering why I do not ask my supervisor, it is a long story but this is not possible.
I appreciate anyone's time and thank you in advance.