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When faced with a problem, what do you do to solve it? In this SLP
assignment you will apply a systematic approach to problem solving. SLP
1 is divided into two (2) parts. In Part I, of the
assignment, you will read three (3) articles that present variations on
step-by-step problem solving strategies and then select one (1) of these
strategies; you will engage in pre-writing to develop a solution to a
problem scenario. In Part II of the assignment, you will present a synthesis of your ideas about solving the problem. As Voltaire said, “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
There are multiple elements to this SLP. Please make sure that
you follow the requirements very carefully and double-check your work
against the requirements before uploading.
Preparation and Pre-writing: Follow the steps below to explore a problem through reading and writing –
1. Choose one (1) of the problem scenarios as a topic choice for your paper
Scenario 1: You have worked at your company for
eleven (11) years. You have returned to college to earn a Bachelor’s
degree in order to increase your chances for a promotion. You are nearly
finished with your degree; a supervisor’s position in a competing
company becomes available in another state. The start date is in two (2)
weeks, during your final exam period for your courses. The position
offers a $15,000 per year salary increase, a car allowance, and
relocation expenses. Your former supervisor works for the company and is
recommending you for the position based on your outstanding job
performance; if you want the job, it’s yours. All of the other
supervisors at this level in the company have Master’s degrees. You know
that you would be expected to earn your Bachelor’s degree and continue
on to a Master’s degree. Your present company offers tuition
reimbursement, but the new company does not.
Scenario 2: Your child comes home from school with
an assignment sheet for a school project. He / she is very excited about
the project and begins work immediately, doing research on the Internet
and gathering materials. You read over the assignment sheet and notice
that your child is not including all of the required items in the
project, and you have some ideas for how to improve the quality of the
presentation. You recently read an article in a parenting magazine about
the importance of a child developing responsibility for his / her own
learning. You recall the many ways in which your parents took over your
school projects. You, on the other hand, want to encourage your child’s
confidence in his / her ability to complete a project independently. The
next day, you are at the grocery store when you see a parent of a
student in your child’s class. That parent has spent over $30 in
supplies for the science project and is taking a day off of work to put
the pieces of the project together.
Scenario 3: You have two jobs—one during the week
from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and one on Saturday from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
You are taking two classes—one that meets from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, and one
class online. You have two kids—one who plays soccer, and one who is in
band. You have two elderly parents who no longer drive. You have two
siblings—one who lives two (2) miles away, and one who lives in another
state. You have two (2) papers due in your classes the same week that
one (1) of your children has a soccer tournament, and the other child
has a band concert. You are coaching the soccer team, and you are in
charge of fundraising for the band. You have a goal to complete your
degree in two (2) years. Your doctor tells you that your blood pressure,
your cholesterol, and your weight are too high and recommends several
medications that cost you nearly $200 per month after your insurance
Scenario 4: You are a sales representative for a
company that encourages staff to log time in the field and away from the
office. You are expected to begin and end your day at the office. You
notice that each day when you arrive and return another co-worker is
already there, and you wonder whether this person spends most of his /
her time at the office. At your weekly sales meeting, you are informed
of your co-workers’ outstanding sales performance. You suspect that this
co-worker is spending more time flattering the boss instead of working
leads in the field, and as a result is getting the best client
referrals. Your own sales numbers have steadily decreased since this
other sales representative was hired.
2. Read the following articles:
- “Einstein’s Secret to Amazing Problem Solving (and 10 Specific Ways You Can Use It),” located at https://tinyurl.com/5ft7lm
- “The Problem Solving Process,” located at https://tinyurl.com/yjngchc
- “Interpersonal Conflict and Effective Communication,” located at https://tinyurl.com/5nvvlj
3. Select one (1) of the step-by-step problem solving strategies
outlined in one (1) of the articles. Using the chosen problem solving
strategy as a model, brainstorm ideas for each of the steps to develop a
solution to the problem scenario you chose.
Part II Synthesizing and Writing: Now that you have developed a solution to the problem by pre-writing about your ideas –
Write a paper in which you:
- Analyze the problem scenario that you have chosen, and organize your
analysis into sections that correlate to each step in the selected
problem solving strategy.
- Apply each step within the selected problem solving strategy to related elements of the scenario that you have chosen.
- Suggest alternative actions to the situation(s) within the scenario
that correspond to each of the steps within the selected problem solving
- Speculate on whether or not the same problem-solving strategy would be effective if used with different scenarios.
The paper should follow guidelines for clear and organized writing:
- Write at least one paragraph for each of 1-4 above using complete sentences.
- Address main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
- Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.
- After you have reread and edited your paragraphs, add an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
- Your introductory paragraph should begin with a broad sentence such as “There are many approaches to solving any problems…” or “When faced with a problem I find…” Then continue with more specific information about what you will discuss in your paper.
- Your concluding paragraph should summarize your problem solving
approach and reflect on the things you have learned from the assignment.
SLP Assignment Expectations
In addition to the above writing guidelines, your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- Center the title, your name, and date on a separate page. Use Times New Roman, 14 point
- Bold the title only
- Set Left and Right margins at 1 inch
- Number the pages
- Include a References section using the guidelines from the Trident University Writing Style Guide (Mullen, Timothy. 2014. Trident University Writing Guide. Accessed on June 20, 2016 at https://mytlc.trident.edu/index.php). Include this site as a reference in addition to the three articles that you read on problem solving.
- Upload your document as a Word .doc or .pdf into the SLP 1 dropbox by the module due date.