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Problem Solving in the Workplace
PROB SOLVING
CLASS CODE: PH 488 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Inquiry-based theorectical physics focused on conceptual understanding.
DESCRIPTION: Inquiry-based theorectical physics focused on conceptual understanding.
TOPICS: Team building; Historical analysis of how physicists solve problems; Historical analysis of problem solving in medicine, law, engineering, and education; The art of asking the right question; Acting as facilitator in group problem solving; Margaret Wheatley’s perspective about problems large organizations may have in problem solving; Choosing the problem that can be solved; Practical experience in problem solving in the work place; Preparing for a formal presentation; Working to implement your solution; Critique and analysis of process, i.e., what went well? What could have been improved?
OBJECTIVES: The student will a) learn how focusing on fundamental principles, asking the right questions, encouraging group interaction can help in solving problems found in physics, medicine, business, education; b) work in pairs with a company, school, hospital, etc to help them solve a problem they are experiencing; give a final report and recommendations; critique their
experience and give suggestions.
REQUIREMENTS: Homework assignments, exams, research paper, short papers, group project and final preparation.
PREREQUISITES: Ph 121, 123, 220, 332, 333, 336, 398, 410.
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001