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, â€œNo problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.â€
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 â€“
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 Bachelorâ€™s degree in order to increase your chances for a promotion. You are nearly finished with your degree; a supervisorâ€™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, itâ€™s yours. All of the other supervisors at this level in the company have Masterâ€™s degrees. You know that you would be expected to earn your Bachelorâ€™s degree and continue on to a Masterâ€™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 childâ€™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 childâ€™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 jobsâ€”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 classesâ€”one that meets from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, and one class online. You have two kidsâ€”one who plays soccer, and one who is in band. You have two elderly parents who no longer drive. You have two siblingsâ€”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 co-pay.
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-workersâ€™ 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:
- â€œEinsteinâ€™s Secret to Amazing Problem Solving (and 10 Specific Ways You Can Use It),â€ located at https://tinyurl.com/5ft7lm
- â€œThe Problem Solving Process,â€ located at https://tinyurl.com/yjngchc
- â€œInterpersonal Conflict and Effective Communication,â€ 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 â€“
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 strategy.
- 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 â€œThere are many approaches to solving any problemsâ€¦â€ or â€œWhen faced with a problem I findâ€¦â€ 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.