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Assignment 2: Problem Solving

Due Week 9 and worth 150 points

When faced with a problem, what do you do to solve it? This assignment asks you to apply a six-step to problem solving process to a specific problem scenario. You will write a paper that presents a synthesis of your ideas about solving the problem using this systematic approach. As Voltaire said, "No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking."

Choose one (1) of the problem scenarios as a topic choice for your paper (Note: Your professor must approve your topic choice before you begin work on the assignment.)

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, when 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, so 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 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-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.

Scenario 5: Professor’s Choice – problem scenario presented by your professor.

Scenario 6: Student’s Choice – Problem scenario presented by you.

Review the six-step problem solving process outlined in the webtext, based on the article “The Problem Solving Process” located at http://www.gdrc.org/decision/problem-solve.html:

  • Step One: Define the problem
  • Step Two: Analyze the problem
  • Step Three: Generate options
  • Step Four: Evaluate options
  • Step Five: Make your decision
  • Step Six: Implement and reflect

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:
1. Define the problem in the scenario that you have chosen.
2. Analyze the problem in the scenario.
3. Generate options for solving the problem in the scenario.
4. Evaluate the options for solving the problem.
5. Decide on the best option for solving the problem.
6. Explain how you will implement the decision made and reflect on whether this option was the most effective.

The paper should follow guidelines for clear and organized writing:

  • Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
  • Address main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
  • Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Recognize the hindrances to the decision-making process in order to apply problem-solving skills to a variety of situations.
  • Create written work utilizing the concepts of critical thinking.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in critical thinking skills and informal logic.

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Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric. Assignment 2: Problem Solving Points: 150 Criteria 1. Define the problem in the scenario chosen. Weight: 20% 2. Analyze the problem in the scenario. Weight: 10% 3. Generate options for solving the problem in the scenario. Weight: 10% 4. Evaluate the options for solving the problem. Weight: 10% 5. Decide on the best option for solving the problem Weight: 10% 6. Explain how you will implement the decision made and reflect on whether Unacceptable Below 60% F Did not submit or incompletely defined the problem in the scenario chosen. Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the problem in the scenario. Did not submit or incompletely generated options for solving the problem in the scenario. Did not submit or incompletely evaluated the options for solving the problem. Did not submit or incompletely decided on the best option for solving the problem. Did not submit or incompletely explained how the decision made will be Meets Minimum Expectations 60-69% D Insufficiently defined the problem in the scenario chosen. Fair 70-79% C Partially defined the problem in the scenario chosen. Proficient 80-89% B Satisfactorily defined the problem in the scenario chosen. . Insufficiently Partially Satisfactorily analyzed the analyzed the analyzed the problem in the problem in the problem in the scenario. scenario. scenario. Exemplary 90-100% A Thoroughly defined the problem in the scenario chosen. Insufficiently generated options for solving the problem in the scenario. Partially generated options for solving the problem in the scenario. Satisfactorily generated options for solving the problem in the scenario. Thoroughly generated options for solving the problem in the scenario. Insufficiently evaluated the options for solving the problem. Partially evaluated the options for solving the problem. Satisfactorily evaluated the options for solving the problem. Thoroughly evaluated the options for solving the problem. Insufficiently decided on the best option for solving the problem. Partially decided on the best option for solving the problem. Satisfactorily decided on the best option for solving the problem. Thoroughly decided on the best option for solving the problem. Insufficiently explained how the decision made will be implemented Partially explained how the decision made will be implemented Satisfactorily explained how the decision made will be implemented Thoroughly explained how the decision made will be implemented Thoroughly analyzed the problem in the scenario. this option was the implemented and reflected and reflected and reflected and reflected most effective. and reflected on on whether this on whether this on whether this on whether this Weight: 10% whether this option was the option was the option was the option was the option was the most effective. most effective. most effective. most effective. most effective. 7. Follow APA Did not Had 8-9 errors Had 6-7 Had 4-5 Had 0-3 Style requirements complete the in following different errors different errors different errors for format, in-text assignment or APA Style in following in following in following citation of quotes had more than 9 requirements. APA Style APA Style APA Style and paraphrases, errors in requirements. requirements. requirements. and references following APA page. Style Weight: 10% requirements. 8. Follow Did not submit Insufficiently Partially Sufficiently Fully followed guidelines for clear or incompletely followed followed followed guidelines for and organized followed guidelines for guidelines for guidelines for clear and writing: include an guidelines for clear and clear and clear and organized introductory and clear and organized organized organized writing: concluding organized writing: did not writing: writing: included an paragraph; address writing. include an included a included an engaging main ideas in body introductory partially introductory introductory paragraphs with a and / or developed and concluding and thoughtful topic sentence and concluding introductory paragraph; concluding supporting paragraph; did and / or sufficiently paragraph; sentences. not address concluding addressed main fully addressed Weight: 10% main ideas in paragraph; ideas in body main ideas in body partially paragraphs body paragraphs addressed main with a topic paragraphs with a topic ideas in body sentence and with a topic sentence and paragraphs supporting sentence and supporting with a topic sentences. detailed sentences. sentence and supporting supporting sentences. sentences. 9. Adhere to Did not Had 8-9 errors Had 6-7 Had 4-5 Had 0-3 standard rules of complete the in grammar, different errors different errors different errors English grammar, assignment or grammar, in grammar, in grammar, in grammar, punctuation, had more than 9 punctuation, punctuation, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and errors in mechanics, mechanics, punctuation, mechanics, spelling. grammar, spelling. spelling. mechanics, spelling. Weight: 10% punctuation, spelling. mechanics, spelling.
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The work addresses the Six- Steps Problem Solving model using Scenario 4.
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Running head: PROBLEM SOLVING

Problem Solving – Sales Strategy
Student’s Name
Professor’s Name
Course Title
Date

PROBLEM SOLVING

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Introduction

In our day to day activities whether at home or our workplaces, we encounter several
scenarios that we are required to come up with solutions in order to either make better our
environment or the environment of those that we interact with the specific environment. The
most effective model that can be applied in almost all situations during problem-solving is the
six steps one. It involves defining the problem, analyzing it, generating options, evaluating them,
making a decision and finally implementing and reflecting on it to ensure that it is effective and
that it has solved the problem as intended (Johnston & Marshall, 2016). This paper addresses the
fourth scenario using the six steps problem solving the model.
Problem Definition
As a sales representative, I am expected to start and end my day at the office. I, therefore,
have to report to the office every morning before I go after sales leads during the day then come
back to the office to log out at the end of each working day. However, I realize that there is a
colleague of mine who is always at the office each time I come to work every morning and leave
in the evening. I am surprised that this sales person has an outstanding sales performance yet I do
not see any evidence of hard work when it comes to spending time in the field going af...


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