Example 2: Recognising report sections answers

Which part of a case study report does the extract (below) most likely belong to:

1) Introduction

The writer has not chosen to place this in the introduction. Possibly as the information is very specific about the subsections and this would make the introduction larger than it needed to be in the original report. Try again!

2) Methodology / Approach

This paragraph is an introduction to the methodology section of a historical case study report. It is outlining the Methodology section of the report and indicating to the reader the sequence of subsections in this part of the report.

Language aspects which also indicate this include:

  • Phrases such as: “the analysis of XXX begins with …” , “This is followed by …”, “finally, in a postscript…”.
  • The use of present and future tenses.

3) Conclusion

Because the text is outlining information to be presented in the report, this is not worded appropriately or necessary content for a conclusion. Try again!

Case study report extract:

"The analysis of the governor's Executive Order 92-242, House Bill No. 911 and Senate Bill No. 1858 begins with a description of Florida's political landscape to place the case study in context. It includes a discussion of those characteristics which have influenced gubernatorial and legislative action including the development of the emergency management function within a state agency reporting directly to the governor and unsuccessful attempts in previous legislative sessions to improve the state's emergency management capabilities. This is followed by an account of the events after Hurricane Andrew leading up the creation of the Lewis Committee and the actions leading to enactment of Chapters 93-211 and 93-128, highlighted by a list of factors which supported their enactment and a list of factors which argued for their defeat. Finally, in a postscript, a progress report is provided, describing the degree to which the recommendations of the Lewis Committee have been implemented."


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