Assignment 2: Problem Solving
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.”
Scenario 3: You are a single mom. 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. You barely get a
chance to take care of yourself. Your bills are more than your income. The
stress level is so high, it’s leading to depression.
Review the six-step problem solving process outlined in the webtext, based
on the article “The Problem Solving Process” located at
.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
.Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and
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
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..