What is a case study ?

A case study is a description of a real life problem or situation which requires you to analyse the main issues involved.  These issues need to be discussed and related to the academic literature and/or research findings on the topic and conclusions then drawn about why the situation  occurred and how  best to respond to it.

Why do we write case study responses?

A case study is a way to apply the theoretical knowledge gained from the academic literature to real life situations that you may encounter in your work. 

Writing a case study response enables you to

How to write a case study response

Before you start writing, you need to carefully read the case study and make a note of the main issues and problems involved as well as the main stakeholders (persons or groups of persons who have an interest in the case).                                                  

A case study response would include the following elements:

Introduction

Introduce the main purpose of the case study and briefly outline the overall problem to be solved. 

Description

Write a brief description of the case under discussion giving an outline of the main issues involved.  Always assume that your reader knows nothing of the assignment task and provide  enough information to give a context for your discussion of the issues. 

Discussion

Discuss the issues raised one by one, using information gained from your research of the academic literature. 

Your discussion may include:

Conclusion / Recommendations

Finally, sum up the conclusions that you have come to and give recommendations to resolve the case.  Give reasons for your recommendations. 

Checklist for a case study response

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Further information

Monash University – How to write the case study

University of New South Wales – Writing a Case Study Report in Engineering