Analyze Problem And Create Problem Solving Model
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
Analyze Problem And Create Problem Solving Model
Introduction for Final Paper & Problem Statement Draft
Introduction for Final Paper & Problem Statement Draft Criteria Ratings Pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Thoroughly explained what business-related problem was chosen for the final paper and the reason why. 50 / 50.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Included problem-statement draft with the required four elements. 0 / 40.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Grammar/Spelling/Grammatical
Please note that .5 points are deducted for each error to a maximum of 10 points.
10 / 10.0 pts Total Points: 60
Last week, you started working on step one of the problem-solving model (identifying the problem). You began this by starting to analyze the problem (step two).
The next step is to write a problem statement that clarifies the problem. Further, once you analyze the problem, be sure to identify the problem (not just the symptom).
Analyzing a Problem
When analyzing a problem, it is critical to gather as much information as possible. This will help you to determine what the problem is.
To start analyzing a problem, it is best to begin by talking to those who are aware of the problem (stakeholders) and/or others who might be able to shed some light on the problem. As such, begin by talking to your co-workers and/or boss. As a side note, do not rely on your boss for the answer. Quite often, those who are directly affected by the issue will provide more information. Also, be aware of people stating opinions and not stating facts. For example, “We are behind with accounts payable because there is not enough time during the day to do our jobs!” This might be true, but if most people that you talk to do not state the same opinion, then more information is needed.
When talking to people, ask questions that will help you to clarify the problem. If this is an internal problem (i.e., accounts payable is behind, people are often late to work), then there is no need to conduct external research.
However, if it is not evident that this is an internal problem, it could be that this is an external problem. For example, if sales are down, conduct research to determine if sales are also down in the industry. An easy way to do this is using the Internet – Google is a great source to use!
Understanding how to analyze a problem will help you with one of this week’s discussion topics. In addition, it will aid you when completing the final project.
After you realize what the actual problem is, it is best to write a problem statement. This is necessary if you are trying to convince other people that there is a problem. If you are not involving others, a problem statement is still valuable for reminding you of what the problem is.
There are different ways to write a problem statement. Please refer to the resources in this week’s overview.
That said, be sure to include the following:
- Ideal situation – What is the goal? For example, invoices from vendors should be paid within 30 days.
- Summarize the problem – Provide a brief explanation of the problem. For example, invoices are being paid beyond the 30-day requirement.
- Symptoms – What are the symptoms of the problem? Vendors are complaining!
- Consequences – What will happen if the problem is not solved? Explain how the problem not being resolved will impact the company. For example, if invoices are not paid on time, it is possible that vendors will not renew their contracts.
Understanding how to write a problem statement will help you with this week’s assignment.
Symptoms versus Problems
There is often confusion between symptoms and the actual problem. Symptoms are what make a person aware that there is a problem. However, the symptom(s) might not indicate the true problem. In fact, there might be more than one symptom!
For example, Company XYZ is behind with shipping out orders. Sure, this is an issue, but it might be a symptom. After checking into the problem, you find out that the department is short staffed. After further investigation, you find out that the manager left and as he was well liked, so employees left. That might be the end of it, but you might want to investigate further. For example, why did the manager leave?
Understanding the differences between symptoms and problems will help you with this week’s discussion. In addition, it will help you to determine the true problem for your final paper.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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