Week 2: Critical Thinking and Decision making
Assignment: Individual Paper
Individual Paper (15%) Your instructor will post a business memo that you will need to analyze applying the critical thinking model discussed in Asking the Right Questions. In a short paper (7-8 double-spaced pages) apply all of the steps of the critical thinking model to assess the arguments made in the memo. Include all of the steps. Leaving out discussion of steps will adversely affect your grade. Although not necessary for a passing grade, answers to some of the questions may be enhanced by doing additional research.
Remember that your task here is to evaluate the author's argument as …show more content…
| Does not demonstrate understanding of the reasoning fallacies, fails to identify the important fallacies in the argument with specificity. | 6 or 7. How good is the evidence? | Clearly identifies types of evidence in the article and demonstrates the ability to analyze the quality of the evidence. | Identifies a majority of the evidence in the memo and presents a satisfactory analysis of the quality of the evidence. | Does not identify and analyze the evidence, does not demonstrate an understanding of the definition of evidence and how it affects an argument. | 7 or 8. Are there any rival causes? | Demonstrates solid understanding of the concept of rival causes and clearly identifies possible rival causes in an author’s argument. | Demonstrates satisfactory understanding of the concept of rival causes and identifies possible rival causes in an author’s argument. | Does not demonstrate understanding of the concept of rival causes. | 8 or 9. Are the statistics deceptive? | Identifies statistics in an argument (if present) and provides a solid analysis of the value of the statistical evidence. | Identifies statistics in an argument (if present) and provides a satisfactory analysis of the value of the statistical evidence. | Does not recognize the use of statistics in an argument (if present) and/or does not provide a satisfactory analysis of the impact