Identify the most important facts surrounding the case. Identify the key issue or issues. Specify alternative courses of action. Evaluate each course of action.

Identify the most important facts surrounding the case. Identify the key issue or issues. Specify alternative courses of action. Evaluate each course of action. Recommend the best course of action. Identify the most important facts surrounding the case. Read the case several times to become familiar with the information it contains. Pay attention to the information in any accompanying exhibits, tables, or figures. Many case scenarios, as in real life, present a great deal of detailed information. Some of these facts are more relevant that others for problem identification. One can assume the facts and figures in the case are true, but statements, judgments, or decisions made by individuals should be questioned. Underline and then list the most important facts and figures that would help you define the central problem or issue. If key facts and numbers are not available, you can make assumptions, but these assumptions should be reasonable given the situation. 

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