Sonoma State University

Philosophy 101: Critical Thinking

Paper #2: Creative Problem Solving Project Spring 2010

Due dates

A Prepared Binder (<--- see link for details) is due in class on Friday, April 30 [35] (1%)

The Binder with Sections 1 - 3, and 9 is due in the office mail box of the instructor by Wednesday, May 5 [37] by 2:30pm. (4%)

The Completed Binder with all Sections is due on Wednesday, May 12. [40] (20%)

Presentations of the Problem/Solution during the last week of classes (May 14, 17, and 19). (5%)

Include, in this order, the following in your Group Binder.

NB: In all your writing you need to give proper reference to your sources. You should refer to these sources in your writing using these conventions and collect all your references in an alphabetized Bibliography (see below, Section 9). Make sure that all your sources have authors, are books or articles published in peer-reviewed journals, or vetted, fact-checked magazines and newspapers. If in doubt ask SSU librarians for information. You may read these sources online, but they cannot be just websites, they need to a be online version of a publication that also exists in print. You can request exceptions to this policy, but you need to get advanced email approval from the instructor.

NB: Put the final version of each section before all drafts you have made for this section. By including all your drafts you show your instructor your effort and progress.

In response to students' requests, I have added rough indication of how long I expect this section to be, [in square brackets.]

Section 0. Introduction. (Written by Collective) [Half a page]
Provide a brief introduction what this project is all about. (NB Do not include this in the draft due 5/5.)

Section 1. Explore Your Problem. (Collective) [2-3 pages]
Explain the Problem. Create a narrative in which you explore the relevant facts of the problem, using the material you collected to answer the Twelve+ Research Questions, and other sources you may have. Use this material also in other sections where appropriate. Do more research if needed. (See CPS, Ch. 4) Analyze these facts: Describe the causes and some effects of the problem (cf CPS 3.3 "Causation").

For instance, in the road kill problem, the relevant facts will include number and kind of animals killed, where, and time of the day, trends over time; the causes could include encroachment of habitat by human development, destruction of habitat, increased traffic at night because of shifting patterns of entertainment; speeding; effects or consequences could include more dangerous traffic, sorrow, car damage, increase in turkey vulture population, costs of dead animal removal service, species extinction, human alienation from the natural environment.

Put at least three references (in footnotes) to different sections of Harris, CPS, Chapters 3 and 4 (pp. 24 - 46) in this section of your paper and show, in the footnote, how you have applied ideas from your reading in this group project.

Section 2: Setting Goals, Articulating Values. (Collective/Individual)

In the collective part describe the group's Ideal Goal. [2/3 page]

In the individual part, describe what you personally think should be the goals for the problem. and what values you wish to uphold. [2/3 page]

Put at least three references (in footnotes) to different sections of Harris, CPS, Chapter 5 in the individual part of this section of your paper and show, in the footnote, how you have applied ideas from your reading in this group project.

[For Final due date, add the group real goal (can be identical to Ideal goal) and group values] [2/3 page]

Section 3. Ideas Galore. (Collective/Individual)

Divide all the techniques to generate ideas discussed in CPS, Ch. 6, among the group members, three techniques for each member. (Two group members may use the same technique if there are not enough techniques described in Ch. 6.) [Do not use any of the Brainstorming techniques or the Public Solution technique, as they require working with other people.]

In the collective part, create a list of techniques/group members and put it at the front of this section.

Give an extensive description of the ideal solution for the ideal goal identified in section 2. [1 page]

Using these techniques each member of the group describes at least three ways to solve the problem, one solution per technique. Start each technique on a new page, with a heading mentioning the technique used. [2/3 page each]

Section 4. Proposed Solution. (Collective) [2 pages]
Choose your solution (Cf CPS, Ch. 7). Describe the facts of the solution. Go into great detail and show how it is supposed to work. Be creative.

Put at least five references (in footnotes) to different sections of Harris, CPS, Chapter 7 in this section of your paper and show, in the footnote, how you have applied ideas from your reading in this group project.

Section 5. Pro/Con Analysis of the Proposed Solution (Individual) [1-2 pages, each]
• Discuss some pros (at least three) and some cons (at least three) of the proposal. Refer to the goals and values you have identified in Section 2
• Discuss whether you think the proposal will work, whether it will be effective in solving or ameliorating the problem. Discuss whether it is an efficient method, and whether it is a simple method.

Put at least five references (in footnotes) to different chapters of Harris, CPS, in this section of your paper and show, in the footnote, how you have applied ideas from your reading in this group project.

Section 6. Implementation. (Collective) [1-2 pages]
Discuss issues related to implementing your solution (Cf CPS, Ch. 8 ). Cover at least these two issues:

i) Is your proposed solution a sustaining or a disruptive innovation?

ii) What type of implementation (8.2.2) do you think is most appropriate?

Put at least two references (in footnotes) to different sections of Harris, CPS, Chapter 8 in this section of your paper and show, in the footnote, how you have applied ideas from your reading in this group project.

Section 7. Evaluate the Solution as Implemented. (Collective) [1-2 pages]
Discuss issues that may come up if you were to evaluate your solution as implemented (Cf CPS, Ch. 9).

Put at least two references to different sections of Harris, CPS, Chapter 9 in this section of your paper and show, in the footnote, how you have applied ideas from your reading in this group project.

[The difference between Section 6 and Section 7 is the difference between chapter Harris, CPS, Chapter 8 (for section 6) with Harris, CPS, Chapter 9 (for section 7). Basically it is the difference between implementing the solution and checking how well the implementation works, the solution as having been implemented.]


Section 8. Affect. (Individual) [1-2 pages]

Identify three emotional responses you have had in researching this topic, and analyze these into their four aspects. (Look at Assignments for Meeting 27). Discuss your emotional frame of mind both towards the topic you are problematizing and towards the group process.

Put at least two references (in footnotes) to different sections of the Socrates Café book and show, in the footnote, how you have applied ideas from your reading in this group project..

Section 9. Bibliography (Collective) [1-2 pages]

Bibliography, alphabetically arranged by the last name of the first author, of all your references using these conventions. Make sure that all the facts, quotes, and paraphrases in your paper are properly referenced with respect to your bibliography: If you quote or paraphrase a source in your paper you have to put that source in parentheses just after the quote or paraphrase: e.g., (Angus and Langsdorf, 1993, page xx), where the publication by Angus and Langsdorf is listed in your bibliography. On the other hand, do not put items in your bibliography that are not somewhere referred to in your paper.

Group Process Reports (Individual)

Include the completed "Group Process Report" form with your final project. You can print out a copy by clicking here. Put the Group Process Reports at the end of your Binder.

 

 

 

Last revised 5/4/2010