Critical Thinking and Computer Logic CSS 330 COURSE DESCRIPTION This course provides students opportunities for analysis, synthesis, prescription, and application of critical thinking and decision making within the organization. Emphasis is placed on preparing managers who can deal clearly, rationally, and creatively with a diverse workforce and dynamic workplace. This course equips students with concrete skills in critical thinking and decision making that will allow them to identify and solve organizational problems, as well as provide strategic direction. Basic computer logic is also examined. TOPICS Please refer to the UOP Course e Resource/Module for a detailed listing of the course topics. OBJECTIVES Please refer to the UOP Course e Resource/Module for a detailed listing of the course objectives.

ASSIGNMENTSINDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS WEEK One Decision-Making Model Analysis Paper. Utilizing various resources (Internet, magazines, trade journals, etc. ) find a decision-making model. Write a 700-1, 050-word paper utilizing at least two different references. In your paper be sure to describe the model and apply it to a recent job-related decision you have made. Be sure to identify all the steps in your chosen decision-making model and describe how critical thinking impacted the decision.

Be prepared to discuss your paper in class. WEEK Two Fallacy Summary and Application Paper. Select three logical fallacies from your readings. Prepare a 1, 050-1, 400-word paper, in which you define each of the three fallacies, explain its significance to Critical Thinking, and discuss its general application to Decision Making.

Using various sources (Internet, magazines, trade journals, etc. ) find organizational examples that illustrate each one of your chosen fallacies. Be sure to use and cite at least four different references in your paper. WEEK Three Tools and Techniques Paper. Prepare a 1, 050-1, 400-word paper discussing a decision-making tool or technique as described on the course website or another site on the Internet.

Make sure your discussion includes a description of the tool or technique as well as an application example from external sources or from your workplace experiences. Explain when one would and when one would not use the tool / technique . Within a Learning Team ensure that two people do not choose the same tool or technique. WEEK Four Critical Thinking Case Study.

Prepare a 1, 750-2, 100 word paper on the critical thinking case study assignment, "Critical Thinking Case Study: Let it Pour - My First Assignment as Executive Assistant." You will work individually to complete this critical-thinking case study analysis. For use in completing the individual Case Study assignment, access the following University of Phoenix Materials located on the: o "Critical Thinking Case Study: Let it Pour" o "Case Study Characteristics: Evaluation Form" o "Preparing Case Study Analysis" o "Problem Solving Tools and Techniques" o "Decision Making Steps" o "Decision Making Worksheet" WEEK Five NETg Simulation Assignment. Using the page, complete the NETg course 46001 simulation. Prepare a 700-1, 050-word paper summarizing the content of the simulation. In your paper, be sure to answer the following: o Based on the advantages and limitations identified in the simulation, explain how this impacts your decision-making process? o List four key points from the reading assignments that were emphasized in this simulation. o How can you apply what you learned from the simulation to your workplace? Late assignments All homework will be turned in at the end of the applicable workshop, graded and turned back during the subsequent workshop.

Late homework will be penalized (10% initially, Plus 10%/day late thereafter) and Must be turned in no later than the following workshop, otherwise a grade of Zero will be assigned for the work. Feedback If you have any questions as to your grade status, please contact me immediately. It will be your responsibility to monitor your weekly progress and I am happy to provide you details for your improvement. Incomplete sI normally will not grant In completes but may consider these on a 'case by case' basis. Academic Honesty Academic honesty is highly valued at the University of Phoenix. You must always submit work that represents your original words or ideas.

If any words or ideas used in a class posting or assignment submission do not represent your original words or ideas, you must cite all relevant sources and make clear the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citation include, but are not limited to, all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source. Please see the University of Phoenix Catalog for more information about academic honesty, including consequences of academic dishonesty. WEIGHTING of ASSIGNMENTSIndividual Assignments (70%) POINTS Week One 5 Week Two 10 Week Three 15 Week Four 15 Week Five 15 Participation (all weeks) 10 Learning Team Assignments (30%) Meeting Five 30 TOTAL 100 POINT/GRADE CONVERSION 100-95 A 76-74 C 94-90 A- 73-70 C-89-87 B+ 69-67 D+86-84 B 66-64 D 83-80 B- 63-60 D-79-77 C+ 59 or < F.