Reflection on our recent study of The Midwest Airlines Case and Lee’s post served as inspiration to delve a little further ito the use of case studies as a pedagogical tool for use in professional writing courses. I found a few resources that might be of interest. The third link is for a professional writing course designed around a series of case studies, hopefully you may find some of them useful.
– Provides a 6 step method for the employment of case studies in research
– Outlines general advantages and disadvantages of the case study method
– This site explores several genres of professional writing, including the case study
– The site provides general descriptions of professional writing genre, as well as specific examples: ie the case study, as well as useful links to other professional writing resources
– Provides an example of professional writing course designed around a series of case studies.
– Uses one of our texts for this course:
- Locker, Kitty O. and Isobel Findlay. Essentials of Business and Administrative
Communication. Canadian ed. McGraw-Hill Ryerson: Toronto, 2009.
Course Description and Objectives
This course aims to introduce you to the basic grammatical and stylistic principles of good, clear, written
English within a specific context. That context is professional writing. You will be introduced as well to
basic theories and concepts in professional writing, given opportunities to develop skills applicable to
writing in a professional context, and encouraged to read about and apply findings from research in
professional writing. More generally, the course aims to help you develop “the ability to communicate
information, arguments, and analyses accurately and reliably, orally and in writing to a range of
audiences” (Ontario Council of Academic Vice Presidents’ statement on “University Undergraduate
Degree Level Expectations” 24 October 2005).
To provide the context for the course assignments, this course makes use of case studies. You will read a chapter about concepts of professional writing in the textbook, and then either create or read in case study materials a case study in which those concepts are operational. After group discussion of the cases, you will be asked to complete a written assignment that incorporates those principles.