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SIT740 Research and Development in Information
Pass Task 4.1: R&D Methodologies – Case Study Analysis
It's time to look into case studies. A case study is an empirical and holistic inquiry that investigates a
contemporary phenomenon within its real-life context, especially when the boundaries between
phenomenon and context are not clearly evident (Yin, R.K, 2017).
Yin, R.K., 2017. Case study research and applications: Design and methods. Sage publications.
Read the two case studies linked here and reflect on what makes a good case study analysis. What is their
purpose and how they help in R&D?
Submit the following files to OnTrack:
A PDF document with your answers and reflections.
A case study analysis should identify key issues and problems, outline and assess alternative solutions,
and draw appropriate conclusions. It should not be a summary of the case.
Read the following articles (download the pdfs from further resources):
• Internet of Things for Sensing: A Case Study in the Healthcare System
• Architecture and Protocols for the Internet of Things: A Case Study
In each of the case studies can you:
• Identify the context and the phenomena.
• Identify the most important facts su
ounding the case.
• Identify the key issue or issues.
• Identify alternative courses of action presented.
• Explain how the courses of action are evaluated and why.
• Are the conclusions presented appropriate? Are there any recommendations?
Once you have analysed each of the case studies,
• Briefly compare and contrast (evaluate the similarities and differences between) the two case studies (300
• Briefly explain how a case study can be useful in R&D (300 words max)