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Case studies

Case studies provide students with real-life examples of issues and problems found in particular workplaces or organisations. Case study assignments give students the opportunity to relate theoretical concepts to practical situations. Case studies require students to use analytical and problem solving skills to examine what has happened and why it has happened.

Using a problem solving approach to case studies, students are asked to identify:

  • the major issues or problems including their possible causes
  • potential solutions to problems, including the advantages and disadvantages of each solution
  • recommendations which outline the best solutions to implement and why.

Sample case study

This unit is based on the following sample case study. You will need Acrobat reader on your computer to view this file.

Criterion case study (pdf)


Answering a case study



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