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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. You will present a synthesis of your ideas about solving a speci

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. You will present a synthesis of your ideas about solving a specific problem. Your assignment will be in essay form using Microsoft Word or Word for Mac. Follow proper APA formatting throughout your assignment.

In preparation for your assignment, review the sources on problem-solving found in the Module 1 Background Readings. Additionally, expand your research using the web or Trident Online Library to find additional resources related to problem-solving. Your essay should be supported by a minimum of three resources. Apply what you have learned to the assignment questions below.


  1. Choose one of the problem scenarios below as a topic choice for your paper.
  2. Choose a problem-solving method that you think would be most effective and apply it to your chosen scenario.

Scenario 1: You have worked at your company for 11 years. You have returned to college to earn a Bachelor’s degree in order to increase your chances for a promotion. You are nearly finished with your degree; a supervisor’s position in a competing company becomes available in another state. The start date is in two weeks, during your final exam period for your courses. The position offers a $15,000 per year salary increase, a car allowance, and relocation expenses. Your former supervisor works for the company and is recommending you for the position based on your outstanding job performance; if you want the job, it’s yours. All of the other supervisors at this level in the company have Master’s degrees. You know that you would be expected to earn your Bachelor’s degree and continue on to a Master’s degree. Your present company offers tuition reimbursement, but the new company does not.

Scenario 2: Your child comes home from school with an assignment sheet for a school project. He/she is very excited about the project and begins work immediately, doing research on the Internet and gathering materials. You read over the assignment sheet and notice that your child is not including all of the required items in the project, and you have some ideas for how to improve the quality of the presentation. You recently read an article in a parenting magazine about the importance of a child developing responsibility for his/her own learning. You recall the many ways in which your parents took over your school projects. You, on the other hand, want to encourage your child’s confidence in his/her ability to complete a project independently. The next day, you are at the grocery store when you see a parent of a student in your child’s class. That parent has spent over $30 in supplies for the science project and is taking a day off of work to put the pieces of the project together.

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 miles away, and one who lives in another state. You have two papers due in your classes the same week that one 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 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.

Scenario 4: You are a sales representative for a company that encourages staff to log time in the field and away from the office. You are expected to begin and end your day at the office. You notice that each day when you arrive and return another co-worker is already there, and you wonder whether this person spends most of his/her time at the office. At your weekly sales meeting, you are informed of your co-workers’ outstanding sales performance. You suspect that this co-worker is spending more time flattering the boss instead of working leads in the field, and as a result is getting the best client referrals. Your own sales numbers have steadily decreased since this other sales representative was hired.

Include the following topics in your essay:

  1. Analyze the problem scenario that you have chosen and organize your analysis into sections that correlate to each step in your selected problem-solving strategy. Include the specific scenario you chose in your introductory paragraph (i.e., Scenario 1, Scenario 2, etc).
  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 you selected would be effective if used with different scenarios.

Organize this essay assignment using subtitles that summarize the topic from each question above. For example, use descriptive subtitles such as Introduction, Problem Scenario, Strategy, Alternative Actions, etc. Your essay should be approximately 2 to 3 pages in length, not including the title or reference page.

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