COLL 148 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Complete Course

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COLL 148 Critical Thingking and Problem Solving Complete Course



Week 1

Week 1 DQ 1

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. 


Week 1 DQ 2

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?


Week 1  Journal:

  • “If you have a disagreement with your supervisor at work.”
  • “If your class paper or project receives a failing grade from your professor.”
  • “If you are having a disagreement with someone for whom you care deeply.”
  • “If you see that someone is struggling and having a hard time “making it”.”
  • “Scaling your guiding statement.


Week 2


Week 2 DQ 1

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?


Week 2 DQ 2

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? 


Week 2 Assignment CSI Summary:

  • In reviewing the results of the CSI-C, what did you already know about yourself? (You should be able to answer this.
  • What did you learn about yourself? (You should be able to answer this question in 2-3 sentences).
  • How does what you learned impact your success as a student?  (You should be able to answer this question in 2-3 sentences).
  • What are your strengths? (You should be able to answer this question in 2-3 sentences).
  • List two obstacles that could get in the way of your academic success. (You should be able to answer this question in 3-4 sentences).
  • List one of your long-term goals. Remember, your goals must beSpecific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time Framed. You may use as many sentences as you need to be sure to answer this question completely.  Remember, we will be looking for a specific date or time-frame in your answer!
  • List three short-term goals that you will use to achieve this objective. You may list each goal in two or three sentences. Keep in mind that ALL THREE of these short-term goals must relate directly to helping you reach the long-term goal you listed in a previous answer.

Week 3


Week 3 DQ 1

In our discussion for this week you will develop and verify a back up plan to complete your work. Where will you go to get access to another computer to do your work when you lose power in your neighborhood, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is down, and/ or you have computer problems? Be specific. 


Week 3 DQ 2

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.

  Authority,Accuracy, Objectivity,Currency


Week 3 Journal

  • 1. As you reflect back on this budgeting assignment, what are the most personally important facts or concepts you learned?
  • 2. How does what you have learned or realized relate to or impact your personal, educational and career goals?
  • 3. Do you feel prepared to enter student loan repayment and understand how to get started?
  • 4. What money-related questions do you still have?  How will you get the answers you need?
  • 5. How will you apply the lessons of this activity to your own life?
  • 6. With all these money matters in mind, what is your next financial step toward achieving your goals? 


Week 4


Week 4 DQ 1

Welcome to our discussion of critical thinking! 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? 


Week 4 DQ 2

Handley (2012, March 16) writes that  a 2011 study found Americans are charging more, a lot more, on their credit cards once again. 


Week 4 Quiz

  • Which of the following is NOT true about words:
  • When writing a college paper, the audience analysis and focus of your paper is usually geared towards:
  • In selecting a topic for a paper, the following is most important:
  • In the digital age and the age of the internet, the library
  • One of the following is NOT a good way to create an effective introduction:
  • One suggestion for successfully concluding a paper is:


Week 4 Journal

  • What is the song’s title and artist?
  • 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?
  • While listening to the song, what happened to your appreciation level? Did it increase or decrease? Why?
  • In your opinion, what was the message (theme) of the song?
  • What about the song most surprised you? The lyrics? The actual music? Your like or dislike of the song? The artist’s voice? Etc….



Week 5

Week 5 DQ 1

Below is a job description for an entry-level help desk position. 

Job Description
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. 


Week 5 DQ 2

 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, then address the questions that follow. 

 Week 5 Assignments:

COLL 148 Week 5 Journal

COLL 148 Week 5 SMART Learning Plan

COLL 148 Week 5 The Mark of a Leader – Outline


Week 6


Week 6 DQ 1

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? 


Week 6 DQ 2

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: 

Week 6 Quiz

  • All of the following are true regarding planning for your future except:
  • When building your resume, remember:
  • Which is NOT a recommendation for preparing for your future success?
  • Which component of REWARDS interviews preparation is incorrectly defined?
  • The most overlooked step in the job search process is:


Week 7

Week 7 DQ 1

These past six 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


Week 7 DQ 2

For this discussion, you need to retrieve the Learning Plan you turned in week 4. Did you successfully implement the plan? Why or why not? Do you need to change some goals or develop them further? Have you patched up your relationship with yourself or do you still need to work on it? 

Week 7 Assignment :

COLL 148 Week 7 Plan of Study Worksheet



Week 8

The Mark of a Leader - Final Draft

Final, The Mark of a Leader Audie Murphy


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