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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.

DESCRIPTION: To apply critical thinking skills, understanding of physics principles, mathematical and computer skills, and creativity to wrestle with technical challenges faced in the work place.
TAUGHT: Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Inquiry-based theorectical physics focused on conceptual understanding.
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?
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Learn application of concepts taught in class to actual situations.
2.Learn by oral and written communication with company supervisors.
3.Meet weekly with instructor and
communicate periodically with company supervisor about progress being made.

REQUIREMENTS: Homework assignments, exams, research paper, short papers, group project and final preparation.
PREREQUISITES: PH 332, 333, 336, 398, 410.
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001