Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements
Please be sure to use a U.S. writer who has knowledge writing in APA.
The following is the instruction:
Guidelines for Written Case Analysis
Written case reports should be around 5 double-spaced typewritten pages each in length, not counting the space devoted to exhibits, computation sheets and APA format references. Whenever possible, exhibits should be placed within the body of the report. Otherwise, they may be placed in an Appendix at the end. In either case, do not expect the reader to figure out what they mean and why they were included. Each exhibit must be referred to in the body of the report. Particular attention should be devoted to organization. Do not simply piece sections together in disorderly fashion. The major sections might be:
I. II. III. IV.
Background (make it brief, do not rehash the facts in the case);
Presentation and illumination of the facts as they highlight the issues presented;
Discussion of the applicable rules, norms, guidelines and governing law
Analysis of relevant US GAAP or GAAS pronouncements, laws, regulations, and all applicable IFRS and IFRIC rules and analysis of alternative courses of action (if applicable)
with advantages and disadvantages of each alternative.
Your conclusion and recommendation with the reason for the course of action you
recommend, and the reasons for ordering the alternative course of action.
Common errors in case writing
• Subheadings not used: lengthy unformatted narrative loses reader’s attention
• One or more exhibits are not referred to in the body of the report
• Too much focus on minor issues or issues for which there are little or no data
• Rehashing of facts in the case. Present case data only when it is needed to support a line
of reasoning you are developing.
• Disregard for the quality and/or relevance of the data on which your conclusion is
based. Ask yourself if the data was collected in a sound manner and whether the data are
relevant to the issue you are addressing.
• Failure to provide a rationale for the recommended course of action that is likely to deal
effectively with the problem(s) identified, and failure to provide rationale for dismissing
alternative courses of action.
• Failure to present analytical work in an understandable manner. When doing
computations, be sure your presentation (usually in an appendix) is sufficiently detailed
so that the reader can replicate the analysis.
• Analysis deficiencies:
• Fails to identify fundamental problems in the case and/or their causes
• Lacks thoroughness (fails to consider all relevant evidence for or against a particular
• Done incorrectly (incorrect computations, inappropriate assumptions)
• Paper should be sufficiently proofread with correct spelling and grammar.
Spell-checking does not catch all spelling or grammatical errors.
Papers for this course should be of the same quality that you would provide to top management to company who employed you to provide your analysis and recommendations.
Possible Case Grading Form – On a scale of 1 to 5:
Organization and format (subheadings, etc.)
Presentation is clear and concise Issues stated clearly
Analysis of facts:
Identifies fundamental causes of problems
Is thorough (considers all relevant evidence)
Is done correctly (computations, assumptions) Reference to relevant GAAP, GAAS, IFRS etc.
Address the key issues
Sufficiently specific Practical
Writing quality (spelling, grammar, etc.)