Candidates are responsible for choosing the Management Case Study topic.
Where appropriate, Candidates should discuss their proposed topic with the appropriate parties within their own organisation for any consideration toward confidentiality or privacy.
The Candidates should identify a topic related to their workplace and a process/event that they have actively been involved in and one that has provided the opportunity for them to demonstrate their leadership skills.
Examples of topics include but are not limited to:
- the development of aspects of improved communication in their workplace
- the introduction of aspects of an improved financial management system
- a change in committee structure
- the development of a new clinical program or service
- a change management process
- introduction of new technology
- an audit
- management of a complex incident e.g. Coroners case, Emergency Response, significant clinical incident, significant concern regarding a clinician
- service development, implementation and evaluation
- development of a Workforce or Strategic Plan.
- ability to identify an important health service management issue
- ability to assess and research the issue
- capacity to relate this appropriately to theory, knowledge and best practice
- ability to take management action
- ability to document the Case Study in a clear and professional manner.
The study is intended to extend the knowledge and skills of the Candidate. Both the preparation and the examination of the Case Study should be a learning experience. The study is not intended to be original research, but nevertheless, it should not have been submitted previously for other course work or another degree.
Undertaking the Study
Management Case Study Proposal
The Management Case Study Proposal will incorporate an outline of the proposed Case Study: the rationale for undertaking it, the specific objectives, the proposed methodology and expected outcome.
In determining an appropriate subject for study, Candidates must discuss their Proposals with their Preceptors. The Proposal must be signed off by the Preceptor or Executive Coach before being sent to the Censor for Research and Case Studies for endorsement. Any Proposal not signed off by the Preceptor or Executive Coach will not be considered.
The Management Case Study Proposal should be a maximum of 1,000 words.
The Management Case Study should demonstrate that the Candidate has developed further knowledge and practical skills in the subject area. It should describe a health service management activity and analyse it in terms of relevant management literature and practice. Any lessons for health service management practice should be identified.
The usual format for the Proposal is as follows:
Title – The title of your project
This should be a succinct but defining statement of the overall nature of your study.
Background – A description of the problem being addressed
The 'problem' is a description of what precisely the event or process improvement is and how it will be identified. This may include reference to key relevant literature or needs analyse.
If the problem is too broad for this Management Case Study, it is important to define the scope of the part of the problem you will be addressing.
Methodology – An outline of the actual course of action taken.
This is a statement of the overall approach, strategies or method you used.
Outline the specific competencies from the RACMA Curriculum you will be discussing in your Case Study.
Please submit your Management Case Study Proposal with the Cover Sheet to your Preceptor.
Written Management Case Study
The written submission should consider the following:
- Why the topic is being presented?
- What was the problem/issue/challenge? Contextualise this and convey meaning about the importance of resolving the problem. Why was it a priority?
- What did you do to understand, determine a course of action, communicate, get agreement to and implement the course of action/response to the problem, and how effective was the outcome?
- What did you learn from this problem solving action - about organisation, management, people, systems, managing change, etc.?
- What research did you do to find a solution?
- How it was managed to conclusion/resolution?
- What was your role in the process?
- How did the Candidate’s development of the RACMA Core Competencies apply in the management of this situation?
- What skills and knowledge have you developed as a result of this activity?
The final Management Case Study will be:
- Between 2,500 and 3,000 words (excluding references, title, footnotes, appendices).WORD COUNT MUST BE STRICTLY APPLIED, IN CASE OF EXCESSIVE WORD COUNT THE MANAGEMENT CASE STUDY WILL NOT BE FORWARDED TO THE MARKERS FOR ASSESSMENT.
- Appropriately referenced to relevant literature. Please note: Candidates may choose the Harvard or Vancouver referencing system.
- Appropriately related to the RACMA Core Competencies to demonstrate how the Candidate has attained and enhanced these as part of a learning process during Candidacy.
A signed statement (as below) that the work submitted is your own and has not been submitted for any previous assessment.
"I hereby declare that the intellectual content of this Case Study is the product of my own work even though I may have received assistance from others in style, presentation and linguistic expression.
I also declare that I have addressed all ethical and legal considerations prior to submission.
This written Case Study has not been previously submitted in this form, for assessment at any time.
My Preceptor has read this case study and concurs that it is ready for submission.”
You should sign and date this declaration.
The written Management Case Study must be submitted in a WORD document to RACMA National Office via the eETP with the Management Case Study Cover Sheet (available on the web). The cover sheet must be signed by the Preceptor. The Preceptor should acknowledge on the cover sheet that the work is ready for submission and assessment by Censors.
Good and poor examples of executive summaries
This is a GOOD example from an Accounting & Finance assignment.
This report provides an analysis and evaluation of the current and prospective profitability, liquidity and financial stability of Outdoor Equipment Ltd. Methods of analysis include trend, horizontal and vertical analyses as well as ratios such as Debt, Current and Quick ratios. Other calculations include rates of return on Shareholders Equity and Total Assets and earnings per share to name a few. All calculations can be found in the appendices. Results of data analysed show that all ratios are below industry averages. In particular, comparative performance is poor in the areas of profit margins, liquidity, credit control, and inventory management.
The report finds the prospects of the company in its current position are not positive. The major areas of weakness require further investigation and remedial action by management.Recommendations discussed include:
improving the average collection period for accounts receivable·
improving/increasing inventory turnover·
reducing prepayments and perhaps increasing inventory levels
The report also investigates the fact that the analysis conducted has limitations. Some of the limitations include:
forecasting figures are not provided nature and type of company is not known nor the current economic conditions data limitations as not enough information is provided or enough detail i.e. monthly details not known results are based on past performances not present
methods of analysis
Recommendations (note that conclusions and recommendations can be bulleted)
Limitations of the report.
Excerpt from Woodward-Kron, R. (1997) Writing in Commerce: a guide to assist Commerce students with assignment writing, (Revised edition), Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Newcastle.
This is a GOOD example of an executive summary from a marketing report.
This is a POOR example of an executive summary from a marketing assignment
Every time a business or consumer purchases products or services they display forms of buyer behaviour that are influenced by many factors. The following report looks at the fast food industry and will analyse four McDonalds’ key products and services.It highlights what type of consumer buying or business buying behaviours are displayed in the purchase of a product or service and explains why each behaviour may occur. This enables a conclusion to be drawn from applying theory to reality. Although a full comprehension of buying behaviour is impossible, since everyone is an individual, it is useful to reflect on common behaviours and attempt to divide behaviours in types and stages. Even McDonalds, a leader in marketing cannot always predict consumer behaviour.
Background to problem
Outlines what information the report deals with but FAILS to provide a summary of the results gained, conclusions drawn and recommendations made. These are the functions of an executive summary and are absent in this example.
The information in this executive summary is vague rather than summarising what the report found.
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