SPS120 - Strategic Problem Solving

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Subject Title
Strategic Problem Solving

Subject Description

This course introduces the concepts of critical thinking, documentation, presentation, and project management with an emphasis on problem analysis and problem solving.  These concepts provide the basis for deriving practical solutions to common and abstract problems. Students will work in teams to analyze problems, document their processes and solutions, and present their findings.

Credit Status
1 Credit

Required for CTY - Computer Systems Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CNS - Computer Networking and Technical Support (Ontario College Diploma)
Professional Option for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Professional Option for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

(1) Analyze a practical problem into modular components using accepted decomposition principles to develop a supportable solution

(2) Identify the stages in the solution of a problem using flowchart techniques to communicate the priorities and process the solution

(3) Explain the elements of a solution using effective oral and written communication techniques to inform a technical and non-technical audience

(4) Apply logical and consistent reasoning to a problem solving strategy

(5) Apply researched information and solutions to broad, complex, and evolving tech-industry based problems

(6) Integrate foundational project management techniques into group work to enhance group collaboration, efficiency, and project outcomes

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.