COLL148 Critical Thinking Problem Solving


COLL148 Critical Thinking Problem Solving
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COLL148 Critical Thinking Problem Solving

COLL148 Critical Thinking Problem Solving

Entire Course A+Journal Guiding Statement Week 1, 4, 5| Budget Assessment Week 2| Outline Week 3| Personal Profile Summary Week 3| Research Assessment Week 4| Course Project Week 6, 8| Career Planning Assessment Week 6| Personal Development Goals Week 6|Discussions Week 1-7

Journal Guiding Statement – Week 1

1: If you have a disagreement with your supervisor at work.

2: If your class paper or project receives a failing grade from your professor.

3: If you are having a disagreement with someone for whom you care deeply for.

4: If you see that someone is struggling and having a hard time “making it”

5: Now that you have had a chance to apply your guiding statement to several simulations, on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not effective at all and 10 being very effective), how would you rate its effectiveness to you and to those involved? Why?

The most important aspect of my life is respect.  In my opinion, respect is the most significant feature…

Heidy Budget Assessment – Week 2

Question 1.1.  My Estimated Costs: Based on Heidy’s preference to complete her program in 4 years, what is her estimated cost to complete the program? (Points : 3)





Question 2.2.  My Estimated Costs: What minimum level of enrollment does Heidy need to maintain to graduate in 4 years as planned? (Points : 3)

Less than half time (<6 hours)

Half time (6-8 hours)

Three-quarter time (9-11 hours)

Full-time (>12 hours)

Question 3.3.  My Estimated Costs: How much is Heidy borrowing each year in loans that have to be repaid after leaving school? (Points : 3)





Question 4.4.  My Estimated Costs: How much money does Heidy need to find from alternative sources, such as savings or scholarships, in order to have enough to cover her expenses each session?  (Points : 2)





Question 5.5.  My Budget: After reviewing Heidy’s income and expenses on the My Budget tab, how much additional money does she need to cover her current expenses while in school? (Points : 2)




None of the above

Question 6.6.  My Budget: Which of the following are wants (nice-to-have, non-essential goods and services) instead of needs (items that are necessary for everyday living)? (Points : 3)

Cable Television


Dining Out

Both A and C

Both B and C

Question 7.7.  My Dream Career: Even though Heidy plans to make $38,000 annually, how much will she actually have left to spend after taxes (Estimated net annual income after taxes)? (Points : 3)





Question 8.8.  My Dream Career: How much student loan debt will Heidy be responsible for once she completes her program? (Points : 3)





Question 9.9.  My Dream Career: Which repayment plans offer Heidy a repayment amount she can afford based on her projections? (Points : 2)

Standard, Extended, Graduated, Income Sensitive

Income Sensitive, Income Based, Consolidated with Auto Debt

Standard, Consolidated with Auto Debt

Extended, Income Based, Graduated, Income Sensitive

Question 10.10.  My Dream Career: The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website contains information on which of the following: (Points : 3)

Amounts of all federal loans the borrower has received

The status of each of the federal loans the borrower has received

Specific contact information for lenders and loan services

All of the above

Question 11.11.  My Dream Career: What web site should Heidy visit if she wants to consolidate her loans to make one payment? (Points : 3)

COLL148 Critical Thinking Problem Solving

Course Project Proposal Week 3

Week 3 — Proposal (25 points)

  • Write a brief overview of your project, including the leader you selected, your rationale for selecting this person, the research you have completed to date, and your plan for completing your research and project.
  • Note: Even if you are working on your project in a group, you must each complete your own proposal.


I admire Bill Gates because he is a successful leader in the field of technology.  Although my field is in business administration and not in technology, Bill Gates has admirable business savvy and leadership skills that I hope to emulate.  Bill Gates…

Personal Profile Summary – Week 3

Question 1.Question :(2 points) According to the Multiple Intelligences Survey, my dominant intelligence is:
Question 2.Question :(2 points) According to the Learning Evaluation and Assessment Directory, my primary learning style is:
Question 3.Question :(2 points) According to the Personality Assessment Profile, my strongest personality type is:
Question 4.Question :(3 points) Academic Strengths: I found that I . . .
Question 5.Question :(3 points) Academic Challenges: I found that I . . .
Question 6.Question :(3 points) Communication Strengths: I found that I . . .
Question 7.Question :(3 points) Communication Challenges: I found that I . . .
Question 8.Question :(3 points) Relationship Strengths: I found that I . . .
Question 9.Question :(3 points) Relationship Challenges: I found that I . . .
Question 10.Question :(3 points) Career Strengths: I found that I . . .
Question 11.Question :(3 points) Career Challenges: I found that I . . .
Question 12.Question :(10 points) Summary Reflection: Putting all your results and findings together, write a detailed paragraph about what all of this means about you. Include thoughts on how your learning style, your personality, your study habits, and your communication skills relate to achieving your personal, academic, and career goals.

Research Assessment – Week 4

Which of the following is NOT true about words? (Points: 5)

They can influence how we think

They have started wars

They have stirred nations to do the right thing

They can rarely motivate people

When writing a college paper, the tone and style and overall focus of your paper should be appropriate for (Points: 5)

Direct quotes and information you summarized or put into your own words (paraphrased).

Direct quotes, but not information you summarized or put into your own words (paraphrased).

Direct quotes and summaries, but not paraphrases because they are your writing

Direct quotes and paraphrases, but not summaries because they just give the general ideas

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In selecting a topic for a paper, which of the following is most important? (Points: 5)

Study the assignment and know exactly what the professor wants you to do

Focus on what you know best:  your personal interests and experiences

Not be worried about writing too much or too little

Choose a broad topic like depression so you will find enough research sources

In the age of the Internet, the library (Points: 5)

An outdated concept and has little real value for students who have access to the Internet

The hub of information and research resources in a college or university

Primarily useful as a quiet place to do homework

No longer needed to conduct serious research

Which one of the following is NOT a good way to create an effective introduction? (Points: 5)

Tell a story or create a vivid, visual illustration

Include a quotation.

Begin with a simple statement announcing your topic so you can end more powerfully

Ask a pertinent rhetorical question

Which of the following is NOT a good way to conclude a college essay?  (Points: 5)

Make a final appeal for action or change

Refer back to the introduction (parallelism).

Repeat the thesis just as you wrote it in your introduction

Complete the story you used to hook your reader in the introduction

Re-emphasize and connect your main idea and supporting ideas

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Journal Assignment – Week 4

  1. What is the song’s title and artist?
  2. What emotional and mental responses did you have to the song the first time you listened to it? Why do you think you had this response?
  3. While listening to the song, what happened to your appreciation level? Did it increase or decrease? Why?
  4. In your opinion, what was the message (theme) of the song?
  5. What about the song most surprised you? The lyrics? The actual music? Your like or dislike of the song? The artist’s voice?  Etc…
  6. If you HAD to say that you gained or learned one positive thing from this song, what would it be?

The only thing I found that was positive from this song was that I admire his willingness to branch…

7.  From memory, list at least two statements, comments, or quotes from the song.

8.  By enhancing my listening skills, I can become more OPEN-MINDED by:

9.  By enhancing my listening skills, I can become more CREATIVE by:

10.  By enhancing my listening skills, I can become more KNOWLEDGEABLE by:

11.  By enhancing my listening skills, I can increase my RESOURCEFULNESS level by:

Evaluating the information that is being spoken to me. Once I evaluate all the information…

An Outline for Achieving Personal Success – Week 5

 For Week 5, you are to prepare an outline with a title page and a references page. This assignment will be scored out of 100 points.  A thoughtfully-prepared outline will help you organize all of your ideas and establish a framework for your well-supported, meaningful research project.

Your outline should be one to two pages long and should cover all required elements of the project in a logical manner.  Each body section of your outline must include cited, researched support from quality sources found in the academic databases.

You must use at least three sources now, though you will most likely use more in your final project since you are continuing to research and learn.

You must also include an APA-formatted title page and a references page listing all the sources you cited in the body of your outline.


  1. There are many business personalities out there as well as people who can inspire and dread in equal measure. Their successes seem like fairy tale, yet only a few have remained committed to the ideals of humanity (Mccully , 2008).
  2. These individuals have invested billions of dollars into philanthropy and sought to change lives of people so far away from home. Bill Gates has remained at the forefront of philanthropy for more than a…

COLL148 Critical Thinking Problem Solving

Course Project Presentation Draft – 15 Power Point Slides – Week 6

Course Project Outline with Title and References Pages

In Week 3, you began the process of developing your Course Project by brainstorming a list of people who are leaders somehow related to your field of study and who might be good role models for you in your quest to become a leader in your career field. By this point you should have selected a role-model leader. Now you are ready to start gathering information and putting together your actual Course Project (due in Week 8).

I admire Bill Gates because he is a successful leader in the field of technology.  Although my field is in business administration and not in technology, Bill Gates has admirable business savvy and leadership skills that I hope to emulate.  Bill…

Career Planning Assessment/Exam – Week 6

Question 1.Question :All of the following are true regarding planning for your future EXCEPT which one?We live in a dramatically changing, global environment.You will probably work for the same employer for your entire career.Technology has a major impact on change.Your grades can affect your future employment.Making a major or career choice can be overwhelming for many students.
Question 2.Question :When writing your resume, which one of the following is most important to remember?Be truthful.It is yours, so don’t let anyone else review it for you.Give lots of detail because a potential employer will always take the time to read your entire resume if it is well written.Use a fancy font to make your resume stand out from the crowd.None of the above is a good thing to do when writing your resume.
Question 3.Question :Which is NOT a recommendation for preparing for your future success?Improve your communication skills.Build your computer skills.Give back to your community by volunteering your time and talents.Focus only on what the employer wants, not your abilities and values.Get involved and stay active.
Question 4.Question :Which element of the REWARDS interviews preparation process is NOT defined correctly?Rapport—Use verbal and nonverbal communication to build a relationship.Appearance—Pay careful attention to your attire, grooming, and hygiene.Demeanor—Carry yourself with confidence.Willingness—Avoid jumping into new projects and technologies.Sincerity—Be yourself in the interview.
Question 5.Question :Which step in the job search process do most people fail to complete?Use quality paper for the resume.Write a follow-up thank you note.Dress well for the interview.Include a cover letter with the job application and resume.

Personal Development Goals – Week 6

Overview: You will prepare a plan and sign a contract with yourself stating how you intend to achieve the student success skills you need to be successful in college and beyond. Based on your assessments, journal assignments, professor feedback, your experience, and self-knowledge, determine the four areas in which you wish to make positive changes and then set SMART goals for accomplishing those changes over the remaining weeks of this session.

Developing quality goals and plans takes time. Reflect on your assessments; talk with professors, family members, and other related people; think through logical plans for accomplishing your goals. You should start your plan this week, but it is not due until the end of Week 6. Place your completed assignment in the Week 6 Personal Development Goals Dropbox.

Focus: The development goals relate specifically to what you have learned about yourself and your skills so far in this class and what you will do about it in the next weeks and months. Each of your four goals must be related to success skills evaluated in the self-assessments. Please note that your goals should not include long-term academic or career goals (such as “Graduate in 2 years.”).

For example, one goal could relate to improving your reading speed in response to your reading rate assessment, another could be about reducing procrastination based on the time management tool, a third might focus on improving your social skills as suggested by the Personality Assessment Profile, and a fourth may relate to improving your attitude about school based on your CSI results.

Everyone wishes to be successful in college, their careers and personal life.  I started at DeVry with the intention of doing well in my classes, learning essential skills and information, completing my program, and attaining appropriate employment.  These are the goals I seek to attain in the long-run.   To achieve those goals, I need to make positive changes to…

COLL148 Critical Thinking Problem Solving

Course Project PowerPoint Presentation

Bill Gates 15 Slides Week 8

Polish and submit your leadership project presentation PowerPoint. Remember that the goal is to show how you will follow your leader’s example to become personally successful in your own right. Your presentation must include:

    • A title slide
    • At least 13 body slides with appropriately detailed, researched (& cited) information about:
      • yourself, your academic program, and career goals
      • your leader, his or her path to success, and his or her leadership qualities
      • the role of leadership, responsibility, and accountability in achieving personal success
      • your personal plan for utilizing your strengths and making positive changes to achieve personal success
    • A references slide listing bibliographic information for the three or more authoritative, academic sources that you use and cite in the body of your presentation and any other sources (non-academic sources, image sources, etc.) you use.
    • Notes in the “click to add notes” section below each slide. ONSITE/BLENDED students: You should include speaker notes that can be used in place of notecards during your speech. ONLINE students: You must write the full content of the speech you would deliver if you were presenting to a live, onsite class. In the Notes window below each slide, type the related parts of your speech.
  • Deliver your presentation. ONSITE/BLENDED students: Deliver your presentation to your class using your PowerPoint as a visual aid to support your speech. Your presentation should be 5-10 minutes long, depending on whether you are working in groups and depending on your class size. You should create speaker notes in the Notes window below each slide and use printouts of these instead of notecards during your speech. ONLINE students: You must deliver in written form the full content of the speech you would give if you were presenting to a live, onsite class. In the Notes window below each slide, type the related parts of your speech.
  • Note: If you are working in a group, you will collaboratively present the group’s PowerPoint. Your instructor may give credit based on individual contributions to the presentation. All members of the group will earn the same grade on the group PowerPoint.
  • ONSITE students must submit their final PowerPoint projects on the day of their class presentations or as specified by the instructor.
  • ONLINE students must submit their final PowerPoint projects by Thursday of Week 8 or as specified by the instructor.


Slide 2: In this presentation, I will talk about a business leader whose leadership qualities I want to emulate. I will also discuss what leadership is and what my strengths and weaknesses are as a leader.

I am particularly drawn to business leaders who have not only achieved success in their various industries, but who have also remained committed to humanitarian ideals (Mccully, 2008).

Although many….

Slide 7: Among the leadership qualities provided by Goleman (1998), those that Gates possesses include his ability to relate well with others, given the way he helps the people in Africa and the way he inspires others…

Slide 12: To improve my leadership skills and overcome my weaknesses, I plan to….

Discussions Week 1-7

Posted by All Students – 282 Pages

Week 1 All Students Post – 39 Pages

Motivation – 19 Pages

The first definition of “motivation” is ” … giving of reason to act: the act of giving somebody a reason or incentive to do something …” – that definition implies an external (extrinsic) stimulus – the receiver is influenced to take action based on something another person says or did – in other words the receiver is “motivated” by what another person says or does …

The second definition is an ” … enthusiasm: a feeling of interest or commitment …” – this definition implies an internal (intrinsic) source and irrespective of what other people say or do – the person is enthusiastic about doing something because it’s what they want to do …

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….

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Developing Potential – 20 Pages

By focusing on you, by becoming a person who knows where you’re going, what you want, and what you have to offer, your motivation and passion for learning and growing will flourish – by knowing more about yourself, you can then establish a clearer vision of your true potential ...

  1. Develop a new attitude – now is the perfect time to begin changing your attitude if it needs an adjustment
  2. Make excellence a habit – those who excel and succeed demand excellence from themselves in everything they do – are you that type of person?
  3. Overcome your doubts and fears – fear motivates most people to hold back, to doubt themselves, to stay in their comfort zones, and to accomplish much less than they could without the fear – what would you attempt to do if you could not fail?
  4. Put adversity and failure into perspective – a part of being motivated is learning to deal with failure and setbacks – are you afraid of failure?
  5. Identify and clarify what you value in life – what really matters to you – what do you value?
  6. Take pride in your name and personal character – every time you make a choice, every time you complete a project, and every time you encounter another person, your actions define your character and your name – what’s that worth to you?
  7. Develop a strong, personal “guiding statement” – should be based on something you value and it must be strong enough to motivate you in hard, tough times – do you know your guiding statement?
  8. Make a commitment to strengthen your self-esteem – every area of your life is affected by your self-esteem – are you confident about who you are?

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?…

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Week 2 All Students Posts 37 Pages

Personal Power – 19 Pages

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? The second sentence in Clint Eastwood’s quote to be key – “self-respect leads to self-discipline” – let’s talk first about self-respect – what is it? I think it involves at least four things that I’d like to share … To me, self-respect is the ability to:

  • Raise above all disappointments, neglects and setbacks in life (you know they will happen – how are you going to handle them? Emotionally or logically?)
  • Know our real self without any prejudice (we all have faults – ignoring them won’t make them go away – our best recourse is acknowledge them and work toward change)
  • Strengthen our willpower through self- discipline with a motive to control emotions (if you have the ability to understand your emotions and be aware that others may not be able to, that’s a strength that you have to leverage)
  • Exercise control over our thoughts (constantly worrying about things that may or may not happen detracts from an effort to focus on what you want to accomplish)…

Passion for Reading – 18 Pages

This is an interesting topic – the practical reason we’re talking about this now is that you’re in a position to develop a passion for reading … Let’s bring in some facts from a study by the National Endowment for the Arts … It indicates that there are more readers who can read but don’t than we do reads who can’t read at all – yet we focus on those who can’t rather than encourage those that can to read more …

Here’s another fact – the percentage of Americans who can read anything for pleasure in the 25-44 year old age group has experienced a 10% decline in the past 5 years (To Read or Not to Read, 2011)
Why? Is the percentage of readers negatively affected by television, internet?
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?…

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Week 3 All Students Posts 44 Pages

Student Success Strategies – 21 Pages

This one (backup ISP options) is a common issue but one we don’t start thinking about until the internet connection fails – then it’s a panic mode until our tasks are done and that could ultimately mean lost points due to late posts – therefore, let’s begin the discussion so that you have options if an interruption were to occur …One key element of critical thinking and problem solving is to plan ahead for contingencies–things that come up that you weren’t expecting.

For success in college this is particularly important; you can’t do your work and submit it on time in classes if you don’t have access to the Internet, you have computer problems, or you lose power in your neighborhood. Let’s explore how to be sure we have all these things exactly when we need them to do our studies.  Remember, problems can be easily overcome if you have a good back up plan…

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Researching the Internet – 23 Pages

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.






  1. Read this week’s Lecture section titled “Evaluating Research Sources” for a review of these terms.
  2. For our discussion, you will need to read the article, “Sleeping with the Enemy: Wikipedia in the College Classroom” by Cullen Chandler and Alison Gregory
  3. Find the article, then download the full-text PDF or print it out.
  4. Read the article carefully and critically (using the active reading strategies from Chapter 8, pp. ZZ-AA).
  5. Go to and search for “Wikipedia” to learn exactly what Wikipedia is.
  6. Write a paragraph for your first discussion post in which you answer the following question:  Why is Wikipedia acceptable as a quick reference but not for research?…

Week 4 All Students Posts 44 Pages

Critical Thinking – 25 Pages

We are always looking for ways to improve the way we make decisions – both personally and professionally – so what is a “logical process of analysis”? In a business sense it can be described as a “a chain of logical connected, repetitive activities that utilizes resources to refine an object for the purpose of achieving specified and measurable results” – but that’s too much – it can be further boiled down to the question I asked you to open this post about decisions you’ve made – I’ve underlined the key words in the definition – do they resonate with you?

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?…

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Library Research – 19 Pages

  1. Read “Library Database Research Strategies” in DocSharing Week 4 for tips on finding appropriate sources.  (Don’t forget to evaluate those sources based on the criteria discussed last week!)
  2. Using a library research database such as Academic Search Completeor Business Source Complete in EBSCOhost, find one good article on ONE of the three topics below.  Select an article that will help you answer the questions given with your topic below.
  •  Financial Literacy.  Over the past decade “Financial Literacy” has received increasing attention in all levels of schools.  What does it mean to be financially literate?  How do financially literate people handle credit cards?
  • Credit Ratings.  Companies such as the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), CoreLogic, Experian, and others provide lenders with credit ratings.  What are some of the key factors considered in calculating these scores?  Decide what you can do to have as good a rating as possible.
  • Debt.   How do the policies and availability of credit cards affect students’ debt?  What is the potential impact on students’ financial future?  What can be done to ensure people enjoy a secure financial future?
  1. Read your selected article carefully.
  2. For your first post, write a paragraph in which you use the article to help answer the questions for your topic.  Be sure to refer to the article in your writing.
  3. Review the Week 3 Lecture section titled “Avoiding Plagiarism” and Week 4 Lecture section titled “APA Documentation” to help you properly useand cite your article in your post. (Note how the Handley article was used and cited at the beginning of this discussion assignment.)
  4. Save your article as a PDF and then share it with the class by using the Attach function to append it to your post.

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

Americans racked up nearly $48 billion in new credit card debt in 2011, 424 percent more than what they charged in 2010, and 577 percent more than in 2009. Although total outstanding credit rose only about $4 billion, that number was largely offset by the magnitude of consumer defaults–$44.2 billion worth. “Looking back two years, with the exception of a single quarter, U.S. consumer debt management has consistently worsened,” the report said, noting that the recent trend of consumers paying down debt doesn’t match up with the hard data. “First-quarter pay-downs have become less significant and the amount of new debt added in each subsequent quarter has grown compared to its respective counterparts in the previous two years (p. 8)….

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Week 5 All Students Posts 39 Pages

Career & Diversity Case Study – 18 Pages

Some would say that I’m not overqualified but fully qualified. With due respect, could you explain the problem with someone doing the job better than expected? Below is a job description for an entry-level help desk position.  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…

Values & Diversity – 21 Pages

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, and then address the questions that follow…

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, and then address the questions that follow…

Week 6 All Students Posts 43 Pages

Leadership – 25 Pages

It is a challenge for some people to maintain good eye contact during a conversation – that’s the first step to being able to “read people” – that skill is part of emotional intelligence skill set – read facial expressions to know whether the person is happy, sad, frustrated, etc – allows you to understand the emotional 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?….

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Problem Solving Practice – 18 Pages

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:

You are the new Human Resources Manager for a small manufacturing company in the Midwest.
The Vice President of Operations has asked you to hire an engineer to replace an engineer who has recently retired. You ask for some details and learn that the candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from a good school, preferably with good grades (at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale).  Other criteria include a minimum of three years of work experience, but the VP would prefer 5+ years. Though it will be difficult to find, she would prefer a candidate with experience working in the same industry as your company’s. Additional engineering certifications (such as PE licensure) would be a plus, but are not necessary.  A master’s degree (either technical or managerial) would also be advantageous, but may price the recruit out of your budget. You both agree that the person must be legally able to work in the U.S., since visa costs and additional time required for immigration-related issues (up to 12 months) make the counterpart case problematic.

Your company is small, with only fifty employees, which may appear as a drawback to some engineers coming from larger companies with deeper pockets, while others may see it as an opportunity to advance more quickly. (Consider how you will position the issue with candidates). The starting salary range you are able to offer is $50 – 55,000 per year, plus relocation expenses up to $10,000. This salary is about average in your location (approximately fifteen miles outside a medium-sized city in the Midwest), but it will be difficult to find a qualified engineer locally. The odds of finding candidates are better with a national search, but then the allowable salary is below the national average, and in some higher-cost areas (e.g. California, New England, New York) it would be far below competitive. There will also be hotel and flight costs for out of town recruits during the interview process.

You can try to recruit an engineer locally to save relocation costs and other expenses, but you must think ahead if this effort fails. You cannot afford to lose time in a low-probability effort.  The VP of Operations has made it clear that this hire is a priority and that she needs an engineer on board and able to go full speed, as of yesterday!  More realistically, she would like this person on board and working within 90 days.  This may sound like plenty of time, but by the time you advertise, screen resumes, interview candidates, make a decision, make an offer(s), and get results from the person’s references, background check, and drug test – you will barely make it. This will be especially true if you choose someone already employed (because of the need to give notice to the current employer), someone moving a good distance, someone with a family, someone buying/selling a house.

Additionally, the VP of OPS wants to keep recruiting costs down as much as possible while still finding the person who is the best choice overall.  The last engineer hired cost approximately $20,000 to bring on board, including research, ads, interviews, flights, hotels, and follow-up.

The focus for this question is on your process: What are your first steps? Where and how will you search?…

Week 7 All Students Posts 36 Pages

Session Review – 18 Pages

During this session we have focused on many topics.

  • Understanding ourselves in terms of our learning styles, values, attitudes and so on
  • Developing critical thinking and college success skills in reading, problem solving, and the like
  • Planning for further personal growth and success as leaders in our fields by focusing on short-term and long-term goals and plans

As we wrap up this session, take a few minutes to review your COLL148 experience. What was most valuable? What personal growth have you already seen? What positive changes have you made already? How will you continue to apply the lessons of COLL148 as you pursue your full potential and your dreams?…

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My Mission – 18 Pages

These past 6 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 services..

For now, let’s take one last opportunity to think about where we have been, how far we have come, and where we are going. Reflecting on your Week 1 Guiding Statement, your Week 6 Personal Development Goals, and the leadership plan you are developing in your Course Project, what is your personal mission? Your first post should start with a personal Mission Statement in which you answer questions like:

  • Who am I now and who do I intend to become?
  • What do I intend to accomplish with my life?
  • What is and what will be my role in society?
  • How will I personally help make the world a better place?
  • What will be my legacy?

You should briefly explain your statement and how you see it playing out over the next decade or perhaps by the end of your life….

COLL148 Critical Thinking Problem Solving