Guidelines for an Industry Case Study

Guidelines for an Industry Case Study

This information will help you approach writing your ASCI Industry Case Study. 

The information presented here is only a distillation of some points particularly relevant to the ASCI Industry Case Study.

Supervision

The registration candidate is required to meet regularly with the supervisor or to ensure that the candidate is adequately supervised. Meetings and communication can be by email, telephone or an in-country supervisor when he/she is studying overseas.

ASCI Industry Case Study Framework

An ASCI Industry Case Study should contain the following:

  • a title page
  • candidate declaration
  • abstract (short summary of the case study preceding the main text)
  • possibly a preface which may provide background information helpful to a reading of the case study
  • acknowledgements
  • table of contents
  • list of tables and figures as relevant
  • proper and consistent citation (either the in-text system or the footnote system of referencing may be used)
  • bibliography or list of references
  • one or more appendices as necessary

The Case Study Structure

Normally, the case study will address the following points:

Documentation

Listing primary materials and acknowledgement of the case background through appropriate citations and an appropriately extensive listing of references or bibliography at the end of the case study.

Problem Definition and Methodology

Statement of the case problem, the aims of the case study and the significance of the solution. Discussion of industry positions that throw light on the problem. Explanation of the methodology used. Explanation of choice of samples or materials.

Analysis and Argumentation

Analysis of the samples or materials assembled to address the case problem. Implications of the analysis and relation to case problem. The logic of the argument. Questions of adjustment of methodology.

Standards

The case study must meet the standards of business writing:

Style

The overall presentation of the case study. Presentation of the title page. Pagination, layout, margins, typographical perfections, appropriate citation style, use of headings, etc.

If a candidate fails the case study component, they will be deemed to have failed the entire professional certification process and will be ineligible to be certified in the relevant professional pathway.

Submission of an ASCI Case Study

When you are ready to submit:

  • Complete the cover sheet - but do not bind it with your case study
  • Lodge THREE (3) BOUND COPIES of your ASCI Industry Case Study at the ASCI National Office

When you submit, you will be provided with a receipt and your case study will be logged and passed on to a subject matter assessor for examination. Candidates must also submit an electronic copy via email.

Prior to final submission, a complete electronic version is to be submitted to the allocated supervisor well before the due date to allow for comments and revisions. 

We recommend allowing at least two weeks for this process.

Assessment of the ASCI Industry Case Study

  • Each case study shall be examined by two subject matter experts.
  • The appointment of subject matter experts is the responsibility of the Technical Committee, following nomination on the appropriate form by the Certification Coordinator in consultation with the supervisor. Prior to submission of the form, either the supervisor or the Certification Coordinator shall informally contact the assessors and ascertain their willingness to act in this capacity
  • In most cases, both assessors will be appointed from within the ASCI Facilitators. Depending on the case study topic, it is, where necessary, possible to appoint external assessors from Industry.
  • Following the appointment of assessors, the Chair of the Technical Committee shall contact the assessors and provide such information as the Technical Committee shall from time to time prescribe.
  • Where an assessor subsequently, for any reason, cannot complete the assessment process, the Chair of the Technical Committee following consultation with the Certification Coordinator shall invite another assessor to act.
  • Assessors’ reports and grades should be returned to the administrative officer in charge of the ASCI Certifications, who will collate them.
  • In the case of a discrepancy between the grades awarded by the two assessors, the matter will be subject to a decision by the Technical Committee.

Case Study Assessment System

The assessors will be asked to consider a range of issues relevant to the particular case study being assessed, which may include documentation, issue/problem, definitions and methodology, analysis and argumentation, overall structure and the quality of the prose and style.

Assessment of case studies will normally include a consideration of the following criteria:

  • Referencing and Citation
  • Problem Definitions and Methodology
  • Analysis and Argumentation
  • Overall Structure and the Quality of the Prose
  • Style

General matters concerning the Case Study

The Case Study must be written in English. The following additional points apply:

  • The document should have a minimum word count of 3000 words
  • Font and size standard as Arial, size 12