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HUM 111 Complete Class - All DQs, Assignments, Midterm and Final Exams

HUM 111 Complete Class - All DQs, Assignments, Midterm and Final Exams

HUM 111

Critical & Creative Thinking

 

Editorial Blog Entry

To Drill or Not to Drill? That is the Question

Midterm Exam

Toolwire® Learnscape: Discerning the Difference Between Issues and Problems

Toolwire® Learnscape: Investigating a Problem and Refining a Solution

Together We Stand Letter

Toolwire® Learnscape: Examining Different Arguments Related to the Choice of a Career

Final Exam

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HUM 111

Critical & Creative Thinking

 

Week 1:

 

Assignment: Editorial Blog Entry (Due Day 7)

•           Visit the Greenpeace International Web site at http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/ and click on the link for What we do  Global Warming and Energy.

•           Select one of the categories within Global Warming and Energy.

•           Read a few articles and watch a few videos of your choice within the site to better acquaint yourself with Greenpeace’s fight for that particular issue.

•           Suppose you are a newspaper columnist who will address the issue you chose on the next editorial blog of your newspaper’s Web site.

•           Write a blog entry of approximately 400 to 500 words in which you:

o          Provide a brief introduction and background on the issue.

o          Explain whether you consider this issue to be a moral matter and why.

o          Address any dilemmas surrounding the issue that your local community must deal with.

o          Explain the basis of judgment you believe should be used for addressing the moral questions or dilemmas surrounding the issue.

•           Include a title for your blog entry.

•           Cite any sources and references according to the Axia Style Guide Handbook.

•           Post your paper as an attachment to the Assignment Link.

 

Week 2:

 

Assignment: To Drill or Not to Drill? That Is the Question. (Due Day 7)

 

Throughout his presidential campaign, and since taking office in January 2009, President Barack Obama has pushed forward his agenda to free America from dependency on foreign oil. A growth of green jobs is predicted in the coming years as new technologies, such as solar power and clean coal, are pursued and expanded. Meanwhile, many people and opposing politicians believe this is an unnecessary and expensive push. They state we could just continue drilling off the Gulf Coast, Alaska, and other areas within our country that are currently not being explored.

 

•           Write a paper of approximately 400 to 500 words in which you do the following:

 

o          Decide which side you agree with the most.

o          Explain what key habits are hindering your thinking when looking at the opposing view and defending your own.

o          Describe what you can do to overcome those habits that are hindering your thinking.

 

•           Use the University Library to find two credible sources that support your argument.

•           Format your paper according to the Axia Style Guide Handbook.

•           Post your paper as an attachment to the Assignment Link.

 

Week 3:

 

Assignment: Toolwire® Learnscape: Assessing the Validity of Varying Points of View (Due Day 7)

•           Use the following instructions to complete the assignment:

 

o          Log in to your Student Web site.

 

o          Click on the link to the Toolwire® Learnscape: Assessing the Validity of Varying Points of View. A new window will open containing a description of the Learnscape.

 

o          Complete the Learnscape activities.

 

•           Complete the Toolwire® Learnscape Assessment Part A and Part B (approximately 250 word essay).

•           Save your assessments as a Word document.

•           Post your assessments as an attachment to the Assignment Link.


Week 4:

 

Assignment: Midterm Exam (Due Day 7)

 

•           Resources: Ch. 1–6 & 9 of The Art of Thinking and the Week Four Electronic Reserve Readings.

•           Access and download Appendix A found on your student website.

•           Complete the Midterm Exam as instructed on Appendix A. (Word count for each response is approximately 100 words.)

•           Cite any sources and references according to the Axia Style Guide Handbook.

•           Post your Midterm Exam as an attachment to the Assignment Link.

 

Week 5:

 

Assignment: Toolwire® Learnscape: Discerning the Difference Between Issues and Problems

•           Use the following instructions to complete the assignment:

 

o          Log in to your student Web site.

 

o          Click on the link to the Toolwire® Learnscape: Discerning the Difference Between Issues and Problems. A new window will open containing a description of the Learnscape.

 

o          Complete the Learnscape activities.

 

•           Complete the Toolwire® Learnscape Assessment Part A and Part B (200 to 300 word essay).

•           Save your assessments as a Word document.

•           Post your assessments as an attachment to the Assignment Link.

 

Week 6:

 

Assignment: Toolwire® Learnscape: Investigating a Problem and Refining a Solution

•           Use the following instructions to complete the assignment:

 

o          Log in to your student Web site.

 

o          Click on the link to the Toolwire® Learnscape: Investigating a Problem and Refining a Solution. A new window will open containing a description of the Learnscape.

 

o          Complete the Learnscape activities.

 

•           Complete the Toolwire® Learnscape Assessment Part A and Part B.

•           Save your assessments as a Word document.

•           Post your assessments as an attachment to the Assignment Link.

 

Week 7:

 

Assignment: Together We Stand Letter

 

Suppose you live in a new suburban community. It offers all the amenities and benefits of a tight-knit small community, with the benefits of living close to the big city. Some years pass, and several children and adults in the community start developing extensive and similar illnesses. You think this is clearly not a case of genetics, and become suspicious that something must have gone wrong in the development planning and execution of your community. You start researching and investigating possible causes for the illnesses plaguing the community and, upon digging further, find out that the gas company’s practices may be to blame for the calamity. You decide, at that point, to spread the word around your community about your findings so that everyone can unite in a fight for justice.

 

•           Write a letter of approximately 400 to 500 words in length that you intend to have published by your local newspaper addressing your concerns with the public health of the community.

 

•           Explain what strategies you applied when investigating the problem that helped foster critical thinking and lead you to the root cause of the inexplicable illnesses.

 

•           Identify approaches the community could take together to arrive at possible solutions for the problem and settle the matter with the gas company.

 

•           Cite any sources and references according to the Axia Style Guide Handbook.

 

•           Post your paper as an attachment to the Assignment Link.

 

Week 8:

 

Assignment: Toolwire® Learnscape: Examining Different Arguments Related to the Choice of a Career

 

•           Use the following instructions to complete the assignment:

 

o          Log in to your student Web site.

 

o          Click on the link to the Toolwire® Learnscape: Examining Different Arguments Related to the Choice of a Career. A new window will open containing a description of the Learnscape.

 

o          Complete the Learnscape activities.

 

•           Complete the Toolwire® Learnscape Assessment Part A and Part B (350-500 word essay).

•           Save your assessments as a Word document.

•           Post your assessments as an attachment to the Assignment Link.

 

Week 9:

 

Assignment: Final Exam

 

•           Resources: Ch. 7, 8, & 10–15 of The Art of Thinking and articles found within the Electronic Reserve Readings link for Week Nine

•           Access and download Appendix B found on your student Web site.

•           Complete the Final Exam as instructed on Appendix B. (Each question response will be approximately 100 words)

•           Post your Final Exam as an attachment to the Assignment Link.

 

 

Discussion Questions:

 

Week 1:

 

•           DQ 1: Click on the Women in Afghanistan Turn to Self-Immolation Over Abuse video link in your Week One Electronic Reserve Readings page.  Watch, read, and listen to the media presented, which deals with domestic violence. Domestic violence can take the form of physical assault, sexual and emotional abuse, intimidation, economic deprivation, and threats of violence. It occurs in all cultures and knows no boundaries of race, sex, or social class. Victims of domestic violence often find themselves dealing with a dilemma: if they run away or denounce the perpetrator, they fear retaliation; if they keep quiet and let the perpetrator get away with their actions, then their own silent suffering continues. What strategies could you use to help someone deal with this kind of dilemma?

•           DQ 2: Sometimes, political leaders make statements appealing to emotion and give the impression that holding a middle-ground position is not an option. President George W. Bush used this type of appeal after September 11th, 2001 by stating, “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists” (Address to joint session of U.S. Congress, September 20, 2001).

Identify strategies you can apply in your daily life to develop and improve your thinking, and explain what kinds of considerations you can take when dealing with moral issues such as this one.

•           DQ 3: A child in first grade believes that she is in school longer on Thursdays than any other days of the week. How could you help the child understand that all her school days are the same length and improve her thinking skills?

•           DQ 4: How can building a foundation for critical and creative thinking help you advance in your personal and professional life? Provide some action steps you plan to take to build your own foundation for critical and creative thinking.

•           DQ 5: On June 18, 2009, a 61-year old pilot died in midflight on the way from Brussels, Belgium, to Newark, New Jersey. The Continental Airlines Flight 61 carried 247 passengers and was safely landed by the relief pilot, who took control of the plane. Passengers only learned of the situation after they got off the plane. This situation made some passengers upset because they could have been in danger without knowing it. Do you think the airline crew acted morally? Explain why or why not. Explain the basis of your judgment.

 

Week 2:

 

•           DQ 1: In the last few years, the use of blogs, wikis, and other types of sharing Web sites (such as YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and so on) has become increasingly popular as a means of expressing oneself and spreading news, opinions, or ideas. What kinds of habits that hinder thinking must we guard against when using with these types of online media?

 

•           DQ 2: Your text book states, “Individuality is not inborn but acquired” (Ruggiero, 2009, p. 52). What are some of the steps you can take to become an individual? What are some habits that may hinder your ability to become an individual and to think critically? How can you overcome those habits?

 

•           DQ 3: Based on your readings from p. 53 of your textbook and your personal experience, would you say that pop-culture affects individuality and, if so, how?

 

•           DQ 4: Even though life is dynamic, and we go through major and minor changes in our lifetime almost on a daily basis, most people are resistant to change. This is especially true in the workplace. How can critical and creative thinking help overcome resistance to change that hinders one’s thinking and productivity? If you were a manager and your employees were struggling with an operational change, what could you do to help them overcome that resistance?

 

•           DQ 5: Select three habits, from the ones mentioned in your text book, which hinder your thinking. How have you struggled with those habits in the past and what can you do to overcome them from now on?

 

Week 3:

 

•           DQ 1: Click on the Toolwire® Learnscape link on your student Web site for Week Three. After participating in the discussions about online and traditional education and pondering on your views and experiences, explain the importance of making distinctions when evaluating claims such as “Online schools are nothing more than diploma mills”.

 

•           DQ 2: Watch the Women in Afghanistan Turn to Self-Immolation Over Abuse videos in your Week One Electronic Reserve Readings. Suppose you are participating in a test audience screening panel that must evaluate the Rachel Reid interview video and its effectiveness in reaching the public and the world. What strategies would you use to critically view this video?

 

•           DQ 3: What are some of the most important distinctions you should make and avoid overlooking when making critical evaluation? Compare how you could apply those distinctions when reading, listening, or viewing critically.

 

•           DQ 4: Why is it important to make a distinction between the person and the person’s idea? Provide an example of when you confused the person and the idea. What were the consequences?

 

•           DQ 5: When would you use critical reading strategies in your workplace? How would you use those strategies and which ones would be most fitting? Explain.

 

Week 4:

 

•           DQ 1: After reviewing this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings, identify three curiosity techniques (as addressed on p. 116 of your text) that American colonists may have applied when thinking about their situation prior to the Boston Tea Party.

 

•           DQ 2: Without sharing personal information, what strategies can you use to produce ideas that will help you solve a problem or issue you are currently facing?

 

•           DQ 3: Thomas Edison is a great example of the innovations and contributions that a creative person can make to society and the world. One could argue that without his invention of the light bulb, none of us would know life and the modern world as we do today. Name one other important historical figure who used creativity to solve a problem, or improve our lives. What can you learn from this person’s life to stimulate your own creativity?

 

•           DQ 4: Think back to your childhood and the environment in which you were raised. How did those early childhood experiences influence the level of curiosity you have today? Considering that curiosity is an important element of creativity, identify techniques that can help you improve or regain your curiosity.

 

•           DQ 5: Identify key strategies that help stimulate your imagination. Explain how you would use those strategies to be creative.

 

Week 5:

 

•           DQ 1: Click on the Toolwire® Learnscape link on your student Web site for Week Five. Some people argue the government should legalize drugs. This would eliminate the dangers associated with its underworld existence, such as gangs, criminal activity, risky behavior on the part of users, support for terrorist activities, money laundering, and so on. Meanwhile, some oppose this view and defend the illegality of drugs on the basis that they are harmful to the individual and society. Is this an example of a problem becoming an issue? Explain why or why not.

 

•           DQ 2: One of the key controversies in psychology is nature versus nurture. Is this a problem or an issue? Explain.

 

•           DQ 3: When do problems become issues? Can the reverse also happen? Provide support for your answer.

 

•           DQ 4: When the majority of the people of California voted in favor of Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in that state, in the November 2008 elections, civil rights activists protested and vowed to continue their fight for equal rights. The case was later taken to the California Supreme Court, which upheld and declared Proposition 8 as constitutional on May 26, 2009. The debate on equal rights, especially as related to marriage, for gay men and lesbians continues. Would you classify this as an issue or as a problem? Explain your reasoning.

 

•           DQ 5: In what ways are problems and issues expressed similarly? In what ways do they differ? Explain why.

 

Week 6:

 

•           DQ 1: Click on the Toolwire® Learnscape link on your student Web site for Week Six. Watch and reflect on the videos One Hit and They Said They Lied. The main message of the videos is that, despite many people’s claim to the contrary, one hit is enough to get a person addicted to drugs or even lead to death. Suppose you are asked to investigate the validity of that claim. What sources of information would you use to conduct such an investigation?

 

•           DQ 2: Identify three sources of information when investigating a problem or issue. Compare steps you would take to refine the solutions to a problem with steps to refine resolutions of an issue.

 

•           DQ 3: If you had to investigate a problem or issue, what sources of information would you use? Explain why.

 

•           DQ 4: Read Applications 11.1 of your text on p. 205. Share with the class how you identified and solved the problem and how you refined and reached your best solution.

 

•           DQ 5: Read Applications 13.2 of your text on p. 233. How would you resolve this issue? Use both steps presented in Ch. 13 to refine your resolution in your response.

 

Week 7:

 

•           DQ 1: Many people argue unrealistic standards of beauty as set through celebrities and the media is a real problem for our society. Men and women are influenced by media to strive for idealistic versions of perfection. How could you help someone who is struggling with low self-esteem and sense of self-worth to see, through critical thinking, beyond the messages they are bombarded with on a daily basis?

•           DQ 2: How can being open to criticism help you solve problems in your daily life?

 

•           DQ 3: Sometimes your ego can make it hard for you to receive criticism of your own solutions. Do you think some personality types are naturally better at receiving criticism than others? What strategies can you use to be more receptive of criticism of your own ideas and solutions?

 

•           DQ 4: After reading Applications 10.3 on p. 193 of your text, how can you refine the solution given in the text?

 

•           DQ 5: Read Applications 10.6 on p. 194 of your text. Use your creativity to come up with possible solutions to the problem presented.

 

Week 8:

 

•           DQ 1: Using your favorite Internet search engine, search for President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address. Watch, read, and listen to the media presented on President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address. In his speech, President Kennedy uses means of persuasion to win over his supporters and those who were possibly less than thrilled with his election. Suppose you opposed President Kennedy’s ideas and wanted to find fault with his speech. What steps would you take to evaluate his arguments?

 

•           DQ 2: What are some examples of errors that affect truth and validity? Summarize the steps you would take to evaluate arguments and overcome any errors in truth or validity that they may contain.

 

•           DQ 3: When oversimplifying, complex matters may be misrepresented and distorted. How can you find and overcome oversimplifications in your arguments?

 

•           DQ 4: How do errors that affect truth differ from errors that affect validity? Which ones do you think are easier to recognize and why?

 

•           DQ 5: Select one of the arguments presented in the Recognizing Complex Arguments section in Ch. 12 (pp. 218–219) and evaluate it using the four steps in evaluating an argument presented on p. 219.

 

Week 9:

 

•           DQ 1: Using your favorite Internet search engine, search for commencement speeches. Watch, read, and listen to a few commencement speeches presented. Pick your favorite commencement speech and address the following: Do you think the ideas or messages were presented in a persuasive and effective manner? Provide at least one example to support your opinion.

 

•           DQ 2: Think of something you would like to persuade others to believe or agree with you. Which techniques should you use to present those ideas and persuade your audience effectively? Which approaches would you use to communicate those ideas effectively in speech and in writing?

 

•           DQ 3: Why is it important to know your audience when presenting ideas?

 

•           DQ 4: Of the two techniques used when anticipating an audience’s reaction—brainstorming and imaginary-dialogue—which do you prefer to use? Explain why.

 

•           DQ 5: Ch. 15 presents six guidelines to help you build better writing habits and developing a readable style. How can you use these guidelines to improve your academic writing?