4. DEVELOPING CASE STUDIES
The following steps and related examples illustrate the development of a
comprehensive case study.1 Where applicable, suggestions are made on how these steps
relate to the development of other types of case studies.
4.1 The Case Study Focus
The focus of a case study will be determined by the learning objective(s). This step
is the most critical one, because not meeting the learning objective equates to wasted time.
For example, the following objectives may be found in a typical facility training program:
OPERATOR LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Given a situation involving
an inplant fire, assess the plant conditions and determine a course of
action that will place the plant in a safe condition.
FIRE BRIGADE MEMBER LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Given a
situation involving unusual maintenance activities in the plant,
identify potential personnel and/or plant safety hazards and identify
how these hazards could be prevented.
Based on these objectives, the focus of the case study can be written in the case study
introduction and look like this:
A CABLE TRAY FIRE AT A COMMERCIAL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
This case study covers a cable
Successfully extinguishing a fire is
tray fire at a commercial nuclear power
difficult under ideal conditions;
plant. An event description of operator
combining fire fighting efforts with a
actions necessary to fight the fire and
plant shutdown requires forethought and
maintain control of the plant is
The complete case study used to explain the development steps can be found in Appendix B of this guide.