In adopting a pedagogy that attempts to simulate a ‘real-world’ environment, the School of Information Systems at one university is using an integrated case method approach using a single case study as a core component in its delivery of an IT project management (ITPM) unit. Using any single case study in this manner requires that the case itself be rigorous enough to support the desired learning outcomes. An investigation into what qualities are required from such cases is undertaken, and a comparison made with those of the actual case study being used in the unit, with the intention of contributing towards the development of a model for determining the ideal requirements for cases used in this manner, to support the achievement of learning objectives.