2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Mar 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog

BSA 118 - Practical Creative Thinking and Problem Solving


Description: Fundamentals of the problemsolving process. Includes techniques to identify and define the core problem or issue, and to generate, implement and evaluate solutions.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Critical thinking concepts
  2. Creativity
  3. Information gathering
  4. Problem solving techniques
  5. Problem definition
  6. General solutions
  7. Estimation
  8. Solution determination strategies
  9. Evaluating solutions
  10. Troubleshooting

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe the elements and aspects of the critical thinking process. (1) 
  2. Apply methods for successful problem-solving. (4,5) 
  3. Establish a creative team environment. (1-3) 
  4. Identify and define the core issue or problem. (4) 
  5. Apply problem analysis techniques. (3)
  6. Use brainstorming, free association, vertical thinking, lateral thinking and futuring to generate ideas. (1-3) 
  7. Apply decision analysis to everyday problems. (3-5,7) (
  8. Use resource allocation, Gantt charts and critical path management to plan and organize solutions. (6-8) 
  9. Develop a checklist to evaluate the chosen solution. (9) 
  10. Implement troubleshooting guidelines and worksheets to find the cause of a problem. (3,4,9,10)
  11. Use reasonability testing. (7)