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• Assignment 1: Applications of the Scientific Method The scientific method is useful in problem solving and decision-making in a wide variety of fields. In this assignment, you will demonstrate how to use the scientific method to make decisions and solve problems in your field of study or everyday life. Identify a specific problem often faced in your field of study or everyday life. Research your problem and assess your data / research. Examples of such problems could be: 1. Business 1. Developing a new product that is superior to competitor’s brands; or 2. Establishing a price for a new product using the law of supply and demand; 2. Information Systems and Technology 1. The use of personal electronic devices for work purpose, or 2. Determining in the most cost-effective computer for your business; 3. Criminal Justice 1. The reliability of eyewitness testimony, or 2. Determining what evidence reveals to you about a crime; 4. Everyday Life 1. Selecting a particular brand of detergent, or 2. Determining the most cost-efficient transportation / route for your commute. Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you: 5. Explain the scientific method and describe the overall manner in which you would apply it in your field of study or everyday life. 6. Propose one (1) testable hypothesis to explain / solve the problem you have selected. State the expected outcomes of your actions and include criteria for determining whether or not these actions would succeed. Note: Your hypothesis should be stated very precisely. 7. Describe the main actions that you intend to put into place to test the hypothesis that you proposed in Question 2. Describe the way in which you would evaluate the success of your program. Include the results that you would deem as a success and the results that would be considered a failure. 8. Discuss the wisdom behind the strategy you would use to test the hypothesis from Question 3, and describe the additional steps you might take, depending on the results of your test. Note: These additional steps might be to revise your original hypothesis (if the results were unsatisfactory) or to propose new hypotheses. The goal is to continuously improve your understanding of the factors influencing your outcomes, to be able to achieve greater results over time. 9. Use at least two (2) quality resources / references in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and personal blogs do not qualify as quality resources. Your report 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 or school-specific 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: • • • • Apply concepts in physical sciences to evaluate current trends and issues in the modern world. Describe the physical processes influencing climate and weather. Use technology and information resources to research issues in physical sciences. Write clearly and concisely about physical sciences using proper writing mechanics. ...
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Scientific Method - Outline

Application Criteria
Determining What Evidence Reveals To You About A Crime
Main Actions
Use Law to Show Credibility
Make an Argument That Shows Importance
Find Connection





Scientific Method


Scientific Method
Application Criteria

The law is a very categorical in its fulfillment, therefore, as a lawyer intending to
represent accused persons in a court of law, it requires one to be well prepared. The fulfillment
of the given mandate highly depends on the credibility of the “evidence” gathered and the
legality of gathering such information. Therefore, it is very crucial that when fulfilling the role of
evidence collection, one must use the right method to ensure credible data/information is
gathered to convince the judge or the jury “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The scientific method of
problem solving and decision-making, in my field, would entail the following:
a) Understand the explicit details of the case
This is the information gathering phase of the method. It is very crucial to know every detail of
the case to be able to identify the best course of action. If it is a defense case, one identifies the
existing loopholes that can be manipulated; and if it is a prosecuting case, one identifies the best
way to prove one's argument.
b) Form an argument
This is the hypothesis part of the method. It involves identifying the best argument suited to win
the case. The argument forms the fabric of the case, and every other “discoveries” will be aligned
with this course of an argument.
c) Present the case in a “kangaroo” court
This is the experimentation part of the scientific method. Through presenting the case in a
“kangaroo” court, the team can identify the existing loopholes by running the case through all
possibilities. The team allows the clients to experience a “court scenario” and through such a
trial, the team can identify the existing loopholes and find solutions to them.



d) Case analysis
The team analyses the case from the “kangaroo” case trial and identifies the possibilities and
probabilities of the case in a court of law. The team also analyses the “beyond reasonable doubt”
element, to determine whether their course of action is viable and actionable if presented in a
court of law.
e) Synthesis
The courts decide on whether to proceed to court using that line of argument or to adopt a new
line of argument. If the line of argument seems viable enough, the team decides to use it, if not, a
new line is adopted, and the same process is repeated (Cameron & Craig, 2010).
Determining What Evidence Reveals To You about a Crime
The factuality of what is presented, as evidence is only as accurate as its ability to convince a
stranger to its truthfulness.
a) Evidence credibility
To determine if the evidence presented meets the bare minimum requirements to be
considered worthy to be presented in a court of law. The success of such an action will solely
rely on its ability to show “due cause” in affecting and influencing the case in a “substantial”
manner. ...

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