Case studies

  • Case studies are designed to help you think about the link between theoretical concepts and practical situations. All case studies require you to pull apart intertwined elements in a situation (analysis), and relate the particulars of this situation (the outcomes of your analysis) to your reading. Most ask you to propose solutions to a problem.

    You have probably been given guidance on how to tackle a case study – possibly modelled in seminar sessions. If so, follow the guidance carefully. If not, check out this guidance:

    • Case studies tutorial

      (RMIT, Aus) This excellent short tutorial shows you how to tackle a case study step by step. Through 3 short examples (from Management, Computer Science and Healthcare) this material shows you how to identify the problems, how to integrate theory and evidence from the case study in your writing, and ends with solutions and recommendations.
    • Case study 

      (Monash University, Australia) This source identifies two types of case study, and uses a report format as a structure.