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How to build a suitable case

How to build a suitable case:

Learning outcome 1 - Demonstrate that problem solving is fun, educational, rewarding, and helpful to society


To get started on this task ? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Where in life have you come across a problem ?
  • What did you do ?
  • Jot down quickly what you could use – that can be an example
  • Can you back this up ?
  • Is there another example ?
  • How did others get started ?

Briefly you should set out how you are going to answer the learning outcome (introduce your example) and describe what the problem was. Then in a paragraph to a page describe how you overcame the problem (you’re action). Reference whatever material you are appending to backup what you are saying. If there are two or three parts to the learning outcome, your answer should address each one to answer it fully ! Do out a paragraph for each “problem” here – first jot down your initial thoughts. It is also an idea to use the following formula;

Problem – pick an example
Action – what did you do ?
Proof – what can you use ?

There are three examples worked out here - which shows this approach in use:

  • Filing disaster at work (problem) - rearranging poorly stored files for colleagues (was the action) Photo of files and email to staff (this is the proof)
  • Poor attendance at local craft fair last year (problem); Highlight local craft fair (was the action) in newsletter and put up local signs Newsletter advert (newsletter and signs are proof).
  • Deadline too tight at work for a task (problem); Renegotiate to more realistic timeline with boss (was the action) Email on timeline issue (proof).

To build a suitable case ?

  • Doing out a paragraph for each example should cover it nicely
  • Describe the problem and explain the action
  • Attach proof to backup what you are saying

Learning outcome 2 - Display creativity and problem solving skills


Focus now on your creative ability

  • Where were you creative ?
  • What did you do ?
  • Can you think of an example ?
  • People have used drawings, art, posters, examples of cross stitch, nail art (ran a nail bar), interviews on local radio, shown how to tweak a mundane task to make it more fun for kids anything is allowed.
  • Can you back this up ?
  • Is there another example ?

Learning outcome 3 - Plan and execute a project as part of a team


  • Is there any example where you worked as part of a team ?
  • Examples: At work? Special project ? For your local community ? Fundraising ? Sports day ? for the school concert ? Summer training camps ? First responders ? Orienteering event to organise ?
  • Explain your role and put down an awareness of how your role and your actions impacts that of the team. Put across an awareness of what a project is, that it has a beginning, middle and an end in itself.
  • Backup what you are saying with proof, anything that provides evicence of what hte project was, and if possible your role.

Learning outcome 4 - Communicate ideas effectively by written/visual/oral means in a manner intended to the appropriate audience


What is this learning outcome saying ?
Communicate effectively; focusing on three approaches to get a message across appropriately depending on the audience.

  • Can you see that there are three parts to this learning outcome ?
  • Your answer should address all three separately - written, visual and oral communication.
  • Written – what example of written communication can you use ? Are there a couple of different ones ? – letters, emails, logs, test reports at work, have you published work ?
  • Visual – pick an example of visual communication – overheads for a presentation, body language, making a sales pitch, job interview techniques
  • Oral – pick an oral example – speaking with your boss, training new staff, training local sports team, giving directions to tourists

Learning outcome 5 - Develop a learning plan for his/her future academic and professional career

What is a learning plan ? A learning plan is where you outline your future career/life direction and outline the steps that will take you there

  • How do I answer this one ?
  • You can answer this learning outcome by actually doing out a learning plan for yourself. Your answer should give a sense of awareness of how this current course will help to further your aims for your career.
  • A lot of learning plans are done out like this:
  1 year  3 year 5 year
Aim/Goal  work experience  research gaps in local market  run own cafe
Steps needed to get there  get started locally first  finish course in CIT with good results  develop menu


Its okay too to do out the learning plan as a page of text where you outline what path you hope to take over the next five to ten years. Its important to give a sense of awareness as to how the current course you are on will help you with your goal or path in life.

The right approach is:

Have two or three real examples against the learning outcome and to back each claim up with proof