In the design of a case study, it is important to plan and design how you are going to address the study and make sure that all collected data is relevant.
Unlike a scientific report, there is no strict set of rules so the most important part is making sure that the study is focused and concise; otherwise you will end up having to wade through a lot of irrelevant information.
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A Single-case or single subject design typically refers to examining a single subject within a group for the purpose of comparison to the remainder of the group.
Whether or not quantitative methods are included in the analysis is greatly dependent on the nature of the data collected and the intended use of this information.The general public has little interest in pages of statistical calculations but some well placed case studies can have a strong impact.The advantage of the case study research design is that you can focus on specific and interesting cases.You may come out with a great computer model for describing how the ecosystem of a rock pool works but it is only by trying it out on a real life pool that you can see if it is a realistic simulation.For psychologists, anthropologists and social scientists they have been regarded as a valid method of research for many years.The argument between case study and statistical method also appears to be one of scale.Whilst many 'physical' scientists avoid case studies, for psychology, anthropology and ecology they are an essential tool.Typically case studies are qualitative by nature, however they can incorporate quantitative data as part of a mixed-methods design.A case study usually refers to studying an individual and reporting their lived experience as it relates to the phenomenon in question.It is important to ensure that you realize that a case study cannot be generalized to fit a whole population or ecosystem.Finally, one peripheral point is that, when informing others of your results, case studies make more interesting topics than purely statistical surveys, something that has been realized by teachers and magazine editors for many years.