Critical Thinking And Problem Solving

COLL 148 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving All Discussions 


Week 1


Week 1 DQ 1

Motivation is a key factor in your success at the college level. Motivation can change your life! External and internal motivation is two types of motivation that can help you reach your goals. What is your motivation? Is it external or internal? Share a specific example with your response.


Week 1 DQ 2

Think about the challenges in your life as you attend college and review the Eight-Point Plan from chapter 2. Which point is most relevant to you right now in your current life situation? Why and how are you going to overcome this challenge to succeed?



Week 2


Week 2 DQ 1

A Clint Eastwood quote states, “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” What do you think that he means by this? What does this quote mean to you?


Week 2 DQ 2

Do you enjoy reading? Do you often read books, magazines, newspapers, or web pages when you are not required to do so? How do some people develop the motivation and skills to be a passionate reader?


Week 3


Week 3 DQ 1

In our discussion for this week you will develop and verify a back up plan to complete your work. Where will you go to get access to another computer to do your work when you lose power in your neighborhood, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is down, and/ or you have computer problems? Be specific.


Week 3 DQ 2

As your text states, anyone can put anything on the Web. To evaluate the quality of Web sites, we can think in terms of five criteria for evaluating the credibility of websites.

Authority,    Accuracy,    Objectivity,    Currency


Week 4


Week 4 DQ 1

Welcome to our discussion of critical thinking! To begin our discussion, we will explore the topic of relevant questions. Questions direct thought and thought directs action. So, think of a situation where the outcome was a result of your choices or decisions but did not turn out as you expected. Then, answer the following questions:
Did you follow a logical process of analysis based on relevant questions?
Did your question direct your thoughts?
Did those thoughts direct your actions?
What questions would you ask if you were given the opportunity to reshape the outcome of this situation?


Week 4 DQ 2

Handley (2012, March 16) writes that  a 2011 study found Americans are charging more, a lot more, on their credit cards once again.



Week 5


Week 5 DQ 1

Below is a job description for an entry-level help desk position.

Job Description

The prospective employer has asked the top four candidates to explain why he or she should be hired, i.e., what sets them apart from other qualified applicants. Review this week’s You Decide content item to see what each candidate has to say and review their resumes. Then, tell us who you would hire and why. 


Week 5 DQ 2

In chapter thirteen, you read about how different types of diversity. One type of diversity is age diversity.  Each generation bases their decisions on their own core values. Watch the GENERATIONS video below, then address the questions that follow.



Week 6


Week 6 DQ 1

The online lecture discussed types and styles of leadership. Some necessary qualities were mentioned, but not developed. What qualities do you think that a great leader needs?


Week 6 DQ 2

The most effective way to improve your problem-solving skills, to be an effective leader, is with practice! Let’s look at the following problem using the problem solving steps in your book:


Week 7


Week 7 DQ 1

These past six weeks have passed very quickly, haven’t they?
Your remaining classes will also go very quickly, and graduation will be here before you know it.  As a DeVry student, you have an amazing Career Services department supporting you.  Be sure to check out the Career Services website to find out everything that is available to you.  You can also watch this video to learn more about the


Week 7 DQ 2

For this discussion, you need to retrieve the Learning Plan you turned in week 4. Did you successfully implement the plan? Why or why not? Do you need to change some goals or develop them further? Have you patched up your relationship with yourself or do you still need to work on it?

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