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Example 2: Computer Science case study

Here is another example of a well structured paragraph from a computer science case study. Notice how the topic sentence clearly identifies the problem, which is followed by in-depth student analysis.

For companies such as Logitech trust is clearly an important issue for interactions between mobile agents and remote hosts. In closed environments, trust can usually be taken for granted because the agents and its remote host infrastructure will generally be working in the interests of a common user or group of users. However, in open computing environments like the Internet, mobile agents are likely to interact with arbitrary remote hosts. Logitech may therefore be vulnerable to some potential malicious behaviour. Chess et al. [2] describe security as 'one of the cornerstone issues' in mobile agent computing ...(cont.)

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[Topic Sentence: For Companies Such As Logitech Trust Is Clearly An Important Issue For Interactions Between Mobile Agents And Remote Hosts.] [Student Analysis: In Closed Environments, Trust Can Usually Be Taken For Granted Because The Agents And Its Remote Host Infrastructure Will Generally Be Working In The Interests Of A Common User Or Group Of Users. However, In Open Computing Environments Like The Internet, Mobile Agents Are Likely To Interact With Arbitrary Remote Hosts.] [Case Evidence: Logitech May Therefore Be Vulnerable To Some Potential Malicious Behaviour.] [Integrated Reference: Chess Et Al [2] Describe Security As 'One Of The Cornerstone Issues' In Mobile Agent Computing ...(Cont.)]

Example 3: Nursing case study

In this example, notice how the detailed case evidence has been supported by referencing.

Melissa is a 35 year old pregnant woman who was diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) following routine screening undertaken at 24 weeks gestation. According to Mullins (2010), GDM occurs in 3-8% of pregnancies in Australia as a result of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, impacting on the ability of the mother’s insulin to act efficiently. Melissa is aged over 30, which places her at an increased risk of GDM (Kendall, 2011). Furthermore, Melissa at 77 kilograms is overweight for her height of 165cm and has a family history of diabetes. Both of these are recognised as risk factors for the condition (Dawson, 2010; Kendall 2011; Masterson, 2009). Masterson (2009) further highlights the fact that obese women are six times more likely to develop GDM than women whose weight is within in standard weight to height ratios. This indicates the importance of screening for GDM in Melissa’s case. Furthermore, the impact of GDM will complicate Melissa’s pregnancy, requiring support of multi-disciplinary health professionals to ensure a positive pregnancy experience.

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[Topic sentence: Melissa is a 35 year old pregnant woman who was diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) following routine screening undertaken at 24 weeks gestation.][Integrated reference: According to Mullins (2010), GDM occurs in 3-8% of pregnancies in Australia as a result of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, impacting on the ability of the mother’s insulin to act efficiently.] [Case evidence: Melissa is aged over 30] [Integrated reference: which places her at an increased risk of GDM (Kendall, 2011). Furthermore, Melissa at 77 kilograms is overweight for her height of 165cm and has a family history of diabetes.] [Integrated reference: Both of these are recognised as risk factors for the condition (Dawson, 2010; Kendall 2011; Masterson, 2009). Masterson (2009) further highlights the fact that obese women are six times more likely to develop GDM than women whose weight is within in standard weight to height ratios.] [Student analysis: This indicates the importance of screening for GDM in Melissa’s case. Furthermore, the impact of GDM will complicate Melissa’s pregnancy, requiring support of multi-disciplinary health professionals to ensure a positive pregnancy experience.]