Online Class: How to Write Case Studies

In this course you will learn how to develop a case study from inception of the idea to the writing and completion of the final study. You will also learn about using the case study in the workplace and classroom, as well as other fields that successfully use case studies.

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Course Description

Dive Deep into the World of Case Studies: Uncover, Understand, and Unravel

Welcome to an illuminative journey into the realm of case studies. The tapestry of this world is intricate, woven with threads of scientific precision, historical information, and real-world relevance. Our comprehensive course offers you the chance to not just understand but master the art and science of developing compelling case studies.

Why Case Studies Matter

Case studies are not merely stories. They're a potent tool that can inspire change, provoke thought, and provide solutions to real-world problems. They bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. By examining individual, group, or event-focused scenarios in depth, case studies offer a microscopic view into the dynamics of real-life situations. They are essential tools used across myriad disciplines to unearth insights that can impact policy, change strategies, and inspire innovation.

Unlock the Power of the Real World

What makes a case study supremely compelling is its essence of reality. While hypothetical scenarios offer a controlled environment for understanding, there's no substitute for dissecting actual events, choices, outcomes, and the web of consequences that unfold. Top-tier institutions globally, including the prestigious Harvard Business School, leverage the power of case studies to impart knowledge, instill critical thinking, and hone decision-making skills in their students.

From Theory to Action

Our course isn’t just about understanding what a case study is. It's about crafting one. It’s about diving deep into the annals of history, be it the heart-wrenching story of “Genie”, the feral child, or the corporate firefighting exemplified by Johnson & Johnson during the Tylenol cyanide crisis. We equip you to analyze, infer, and create.

The Blueprint of Mastery

Our meticulously designed modules guide you step-by-step:

  1. Foundations: Understanding the essence and purpose of case studies.
  2. Diversity in Focus: Exploring the myriad types of case studies from individual to events.
  3. Blueprinting: Strategizing the development of a case study.
  4. In the Trenches: Mastering the art of researching for your case study.
  5. Balancing Act: Recognizing the strengths and pitfalls of case studies.
  6. Crafting the Narrative: Penning down a compelling, informative, and impactful case study.
  7. Business Narratives: Case studies in the vibrant world of marketing.
  8. Healing Words: Leveraging case studies in the medical field.
  9. Workplace Chronicles: Infusing the power of case studies into business strategies.
  10. Edu-Tales: Revolutionizing learning through case studies in education.
  11. Mindscapes: Delving into psychological and social paradigms through case studies.
  12. The Finale: Synthesizing, summarizing, and celebrating case studies.

Embark on a Transformative Journey

Whether you're a budding researcher, an educator, a business professional, or someone inherently curious about the world's complexities, this course is your gateway to understanding the art of storytelling backed by facts, insights, and real-world revelations.

Join us as we decode the mysteries, celebrate the revelations, and harness the power of case studies to change the world, one study at a time.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: What Is a Case Study

A case study is an in-depth study of a singular situation, person, or event. Additional lesson topics: Case Study Research: Design and Methods, 3rd Edition Applied Social Research Methods, Vol. 5 ; DIY Case Studies: A Drop-Dead Simple Guide to Writing Killer Marketing Case Studies 41 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment A
  • Complete: Choose a Cast Study Topic - Lesson 1 Assignment B
  • Assessment: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Types of Case Studies

There are several different types of case studies, as well as several types of subjects of case studies. We will investigate each type in this lesson. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Planning a Case Study

In this lesson, you will learn how to plan and organize a research case study. Additional lesson topics: A Case Study: Real-Life Business Planning; Basics of Developing Case Studies 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment B
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Researching a Case Study

It is time to start researching for your case study. This research can include many different things, but usually focuses on interviews and observations. Additional lesson topics: Recommendations for Using the Case Study Method in International Business Research; Case Study Research Design; Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study Research 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Researching Your Case Study - Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Strengths and Weaknesses of Case Studies

There is no doubt that case studies are a valuable and important form of research for all of the industries and fields that use them. However, along with all their advantages, they also have some disadvantages. Additional lesson topics: Case Studies; The Advantages and Limitations of Single Case Study Analysis; Advantages and Disadvantages of Case Studies 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Writing a Case Study

The case study can require both quantitative and qualitative research, as well as interviews with subjects. Once that is all done, it is time to write the case study. Additional lesson topics: How to Write a Case Study; Rethinking the Case Study 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment B
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Case Studies in Marketing

While case studies are almost all the same, marketing case studies are usually more dependent on interviews and observations. Additional lesson topics: 200+ Case Studies: Social Media and Content Marketing Examples; Several Creative Social Media Marketing Mini Case Studies; Marketing Case Study Examples 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Using Case Studies in Other Fields

Case studies are used in almost every field, and are incredibly valuable in all of them. Outside of psychology, sociology, and business, here are the next five fields that utilize case studies. Additional lesson topics: Case Study Examples in the Medical Field; Great Examples Of Case Studies in the Field of Law 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Case Studies in The Workplace

While case studies are most prevalent in the sciences, they are also heavily used in the business world. Additional lesson topics: Case Study Example of Technical Work 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Case Studies in Education

Case studies can be used in education as a teaching tool. Many students learn better using real-life examples, and case studies can be an effective way to learn in the classroom. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Case Studies in Psychology and Social Sciences

Case studies are most prevalent in psychology and the social sciences, where case studies form a strong basis for all other clinical and non-clinical research. Additional lesson topics: How to Write a Psychology Case Study 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Summarizing Case Studies

In this lesson, we will also review everything you have learned in this course. 169 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Your Case Study - Lesson 12 - Final Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 12
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what case study is.
  • Define types of case studies.
  • Describe planning a case study.
  • Describe researching a case study.
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses of case studies.
  • Describe case studies in marketing.
  • Describe using case studies in other fields.
  • Describe case studies in the workplace.
  • Describe case studies in education.
  • Describe case studies in psychology and social sciences.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: How to Write Case Studies
Course Number: 9770567
Lessons Rating: 4.8 / 5 Stars (452 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dana Kristan
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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  • "Personally, I enjoyed this course. It challenged my abstract thinking skills. This course will work well for me when I go into the nursing field." -- Christina O.
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  • "The instructor was very quick in responding to questions and grading, which helped a great deal. I did have a few issues with the Internet on the final exam, however, I was able to complete it. The overall course was very helpful in learning how to present various case studies. " -- Kathleen B.
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