A discussion section of a report involves a deeper analysis of the findings. In this section you will be take a deeper look at the scenario to analyse what might happen to the construction firm if two market conditions were to change.
First change: should be related to Microeconomics, for instance any change in factors that could affect demand, supply or both. Discuss how will it affect the market and your firm.
Second change: should be related to Macroeconomics (related to one of the policies; fiscal or monetary policy) and discuss how will this affect the market and your firm.
Analyse and discuss two changes separately and support with suitable illustrations:
a) Analyse how will each change affect the market and your firm (analyse each change separately).
b) Discuss your findings making explicit links to economic model/diagram.
Specify any assumptions you make and support in your illustrations.
Conclusion: In one or two paragraphs:
You will provide the conclusion for the entire case study report by summarising your findings (this should align to your introduction).
Executive Summary: An Executive summary serves as a quick reference to the report and could be read as a standalone document by an executive who would like to extract sufficient information without reading the whole report. It is a very important part of a report because it encompasses key information provided in the report.
The executive summary is one page in length (often and executive summary is no more than 10% of the overall length of the report). It does not contain subheadings, direct quotes, bullet points or unnecessary descriptive information. It is structured to provide a brief statement of the following, the:
· purpose (objectives) and context of the report
· type of analysis conducted (economic principles)
· important and significant findings, in summary form
· important and significant recommendations (if required).
Once you have the executive summary written you will structure your report in the following order:
‒ Title page: title of the report, your name and student number, due date, name of the tutor or lecturer for whom the report was written, course code (not included in word count)
‒ Table of contents (not included in word count)
‒ Executive summary (400 words)
‒ Report body
‒ Reference list (not included in word count)
Then you will submit the completed ‘case study report’ (3000 words in total).
•You will be assessed on the content and presentation which includes use of appropriate language and terminology, adhering to referencing conventions, and structuring texts professionally: e.g. headings, headers and footers, cover pages, and so on.
•As you research you will benefit by participating in the online discussion forum.
•Always cite another person’s ideas or work, if you are not sure how to do this please access the Academic Integrity Module as well as the Referencing Roadmap
•In addition to helping you to avoid plagiarism, referencing adds credibility to your work, it demonstrates that you have read widely and enables you to provide evidence and information to support your ideas.
•The executive summary is an extremely important component of any formal report and should be prepared carefully, rather than as an afterthought. Several drafts will be necessary to get it ‘right’.