4 – Short Essay Assignments

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BUS101 Module 1 – SLP

Word Processing and Problem Solving Techniques


When 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, “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”

Part I

Preparation and Pre-writing: Follow the steps below to explore a problem through reading and writing –

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

Part II Read the following articles

“Einstein’s Secret to Amazing Problem Solving (and 10 Specific Ways You Can Use It),” located at http://litemind.com/problem-definition/

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 –

Write a paper in which you:

  1. 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.
  2. Apply each step within the selected problem solving strategy to related elements of the scenario that you have chosen.
  3. Suggest alternative actions to the situation(s) within the scenario that correspond to each of the steps within the selected problem solving strategy.
  4. 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:

  • Your introductory paragraph should begin with a broad sentence such as “There are many approaches to solving any problems…” or “When faced with a problem I find…” 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:

  1. Center the title, your name, and date on a separate page. Use Times New Roman, 14 point
    1. Bold the title only
  2. Set Left and Right margins at 1 inch
  3. Number the pages
  4. 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.
  5. Upload your document as a Word .doc or .pdf into the Case drop box by the module due date.

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BUS101 Case Assignment

When faced with a problem, what do you do to solve it? There are many ways to approach a problem. In this first Case Assignment, you will apply basic research and word processing skills to write a brief review of problem-solving techniques found in an Internet search.

: Write a 2- to 3-page paper reviewing how you researched Problem Solving using the Internet. Find two websites on Problem Solving to use in writing your paper. Using Dr. Timothy Mullen’s Trident University Writing Style Guide, determine the reliability and validity of the two websites on Problem S olving.

Mullen, Timothy. 2014. Trident University Writing Guide. Accessed on July 28, 2015 at https://mytlc.trident.edu/index.php

Your paper should discuss the following:

  • How you found your websites/references on Problem Solving and how you applied the key guidelines to identifying credible Internet sources.
  • Compare the two methods of Problem Solving that you found and comment on which you think is most useful to you.
  • Report any issues you had conducting your research and/or formatting your document in Microsoft Word.

STEP 4: Format your paper to the Assignment Expectations below.

Assignment Expectations

Format your paper using the following parameters:

  1. Center the title, your name, and date on a separate page. Use Times New Roman and 14 point font.
    1. Bold the title only
  2. Set Left and Right margins at 1 inch
  3. Number the pages
  4. Insert a footer
  5. Introduction:
    1. Left justified
    2. Times New Roman, 12 point font
    3. Line spacing at 1 ½
  6. Middle Paragraphs
    1. Use bulleted list in one paragraph
    2. Insert a picture or chart
  7. Conclusion
    1. Right justified
    2. Times New Roman, 11 point font
    3. Line spacing at single
  8. Complete a word count of the entire document and report it at the end of your document before the References section.
  9. Include a References section using the guidelines from the Trident University Writing Style Guide provided above. Include this site as a reference in addition to the two sites you found on Problem Solving.
  10. Upload your document as a Word doc or pdf into the Case drop box by the module due date.

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TUX101 Case Mod 1

Dazed and Confused: General Education vs. Career Specialization

Scenario Below:

Joe Tech was really looking forward to college because he thought he would have freedom to select the courses he wanted and the opportunity to get into the major of his choice (computer science). However, he’s shocked and disappointed with his first-term schedule of classes because it consists mostly of required general education courses that seem totally unrelated to his major. He’s also frustrated because some of these courses are about subjects he already took in high school (English, history, and biology). He’s beginning to think he would be better off quitting college and going to a technical school for a year or two so he can get right into computer science and immediately begin acquiring the skills he’ll need to work in the computer industry.

Case Assignment

Reflection Questions

  1. If Joe decides to get a technical certificate and not pursue a college degree, how do you see it affecting his future:
    1. in the short run, and
    2. in the long run?
  2. Do you see any way Joe might strike a balance between pursuing his career interest and obtaining his college degree so that he could work toward achieving both goals at the same time?
  3. Can you relate to Joe’s story in any way, or do you know anyone else who is having a similar experience?


Answer the reflection questions in detail and in question-and-answer format. Each answer should be at least TWO paragraphs (4 or 5 sentences per paragraph) and provide examples to support your opinion to earn full credit. APA Format. No plagiarism

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TUX 101 SLP Mod 1

  1. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Writing a Formal Essay

    Higher-Level Thinking (or Critical Thinking) involves making connections between what you’re trying to learn and what you already know. When you learn something deeply, it is stored in the brain as a link in an interconnected network of brain cells. Critical Thinking requires two distinctively different processes: active engagement and reflection. In this assignment you will be asked to actively read through the Critical Thinking Skills section of Lumen Learning.

SLP Assignment Expectations


Complete this assignment in a 6-paragraph essay. Be sure to include an introduction, supporting body and conclusion paragraphs.

  • The introduction will state the essay purpose and preview the strategies to be covered.
  • Answer the following question in one paragraph: Based on the reading, which critical-thinking strategies will be most useful for you?
  • Choose three strategies you can employ to enhance your critical-thinking skills. Write a paragraph for each strategy and discuss how you can implement the strategy as you progress through your program at Trident.
  • The conclusion will summarize the main ideas of your essay.

.APA Writing Style APA format and a References page. No plagiarism

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