Week 2: Critical Thinking and Decision making
Assignment: Individual Paper
Individual Paper (15%) Your instructor will post a business memo that you will need to analyze applying the critical thinking model discussed in Asking the Right Questions. In a short paper (7-8 double-spaced pages) apply all of the steps of the critical thinking model to assess the arguments made in the memo. Include all of the steps. Leaving out discussion of steps will adversely affect your grade. Although not necessary for a passing grade, answers to some of the questions may be enhanced by doing additional research.
Remember that your task here is to evaluate the author's argument as objectively as possible, not to give your own opinions on the issue. Be sure to use the analytical points as set out in the book, not your own thoughts on the issue. Prepare your paper in the format your instructor requires and post it in your Assignments Folder. The citations and the reference list in the paper should be formatted in accordance with the APA guidelines.
This paper is due midnight the last day of Week 2.
Objective 2: Use a critical thinking framework to evaluate alternative courses of actions and reach sound decisions in workplace situations.
Competencies: Critical Thinking and Communication Skills
Criteria | Excellent | Satisfactory | Needs Improvement | 1. What are the issue and conclusions? | Clearly identifies and succinctly summarizes issue and conclusion | Generally correct in identification of the issue and conclusion, but does not summarize issue and conclusion clearly. | Does not correctly identify issue and conclusion, confuses concept of issue and conclusion. | 2. What are the reasons? | Clearly identifies and succinctly summarizes all major reasons offered in the memo. | Identifies some of the main reasons, but includes items that are not reasons and/or fails to identify major
Citations: are properly used (APA format) and all sources are identified and cited properly in the text and the reference list. | Writing is acceptable, a few errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and/or sentence structure, and/or minor errors in citation identification and/or format. | Writing does not meet graduate standards. Unacceptable number of errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, and/or citation format. | Form Grade: (possible 20 points) | 18-20 | 16-17.5 | 15.5 and under | Your Form Grade | | | | Total Grade | 90-100 | 80-89 | Under 80 | Your Total Grade | | | | Additional Comments: