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Case Analysis


The Case Analysis is a comprehensive analysis and strategy recommendation that connects the experiences you are having at your externship to the content of the courses in which you are currently enrolled.
Page length: 10 pages (this does not include the cover page and Reference page(s)

  • APA format is mandatory
  • Double spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt. font, 1 inch margin
  • References page(s) is mandatory with at least 5 outside references
  • Please review the Grading Rubric

Case Analysis:  Your goal in preparing the case should be to create a solid analysis of the situation and a set of recommendations about which managerial and/or technology related actions should be taken.
In writing your analysis and evaluation, bear in mind four things:
1. You are expected to offer analysis and evidence to back up your conclusions. Do not rely on unsupported opinions, over-generalizations, and platitudes as a substitute for tight, logical argument backed up with facts and figures.
2. If your analysis involves quantitative calculations, use tables and charts to present the calculations clearly and efficiently.
3. Demonstrate that you have command of the course concepts you are applying in your analysis.
4. Your interpretation of the evidence should be reasonable and objective. Avoid presenting a one-sided argument that omits aspects not favorable to your conclusions.
 Safe Assign Information: Your final end of course assignment should be submitted to Safe Assign.  The Originality Report produced by Safe Assign should be less than 20%. You can view the Originality Report upon submission of your paper. If the report is greater than 20%, you will need to evaluate the reasons and make any adjustments necessary. At that point, you may re-submit your assignment. Please note that the due date/time of the assignment is the FINAL chance to submit. It is advisable to submit prior to the due date in case any adjustments are needed to your work.
Peer-Reviewed Articles*
*the following is taken directly from http://lib.calpoly.edu/research/guides/articles.html

What is a peer-reviewed article?

A peer-reviewed article is published in a peer-reviewed journal only after it has been subjected to multiple critiques by scholars in that field. Peer-reviewed journals follow this procedure to make sure that published articles reflect solid scholarship and advance the state of knowledge in a discipline.
These articles present the best and most authoritative information that disciplines have to offer. Also, through the careful use of citations, a peer-reviewed article allows anyone who reads it to examine the bases of the claims made in the article. Peer-reviewed articles lead to many articles in a chain of information.
One drawback to the peer-review process is that articles may not appear for one or two years after they are written. For this reason they are not the best sources to seek for hot, news-driven topics.
Are scholarly and peer-reviewed articles the same thing?
Peer-reviewed and scholarly journals are related but not identical. Not all scholarly journals go through the peer-review process. However, one can assume that a peer-reviewed journal is scholarly.

How can I tell if an article is a peer-reviewed article?

  1. First of all, make sure it is an ARTICLE. Not everything that appears in a peer-reviewed journal is an article. Peer-reviewed journals also contain items such as editorials and book reviews, and these are not subjected to the same level of critique
  2. The presence of several of the following traits often indicates that an article is peer-reviewed:
  • A lot of citations: these may appear in-text, and/or as footnotes, endnotes, works cited, reference list, bibliography
  • An Abstract (brief description of the article)
  • The organization of the article into discrete sections such as Methodology, Results, and Conclusion
  • Charts, tables, or graphs
  • Complex, formal language that is specific to the field
  • Notes indicating when article was submitted and when it was accepted
  1. If you want to be certain that the journal in which the article appears is peer-reviewed, you can explore the Homepage of the journal on the Internet. Peer-reviewed journals are usually proud to announce that they are peer-reviewed.

Can databases help me identify peer-reviewed articles?

Some databases allow you to select for “peer-reviewed” results only. This can be very helpful, but beware: not all these results will be ARTICLES or peer-reviewed. Some will be book reviews and editorials, and these are not subjected to the same level of critique.
When searching from the “Search by Subject” page, a graduation cap icon signals that the item is from a peer-reviewed journal — but again, be careful to assess whether the item is an article!

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