Author: Mitchell Franklin, Le Moyne College and Kenneth Ernst, Le Moyne College

Case studies are a method of teaching that most heavily focus on graduate education. As effective as case studies can be as a teaching tool, many undergraduate faculty members avoid their use due to the cost and time commitment involved to administer. Additionally, most case studies available are written at a level that is beyond the expected skill sets of undergraduate students. This paper provides an example of a teaching note that can apply real life cases to students at the undergraduate level, and explain how the cases can be utilized in a way that can increase student satisfaction, participation and learning as shown to be important through research. Instructional activities such as presented herein present material in a manner that can be more appropriate to undergraduate students at the introductory and intermediate levels. This activity can also develop higher levels of learning and communication skills, all of which are important to the profession and success on the Uniform CPA exam.

This article is from the Accounting Instructor’s Resource, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.

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