Write 4–6 pages (not including cover page and references) in which you select and research an IT topic of your choice. Analyze a problem that you have identified that is associated with that topic.
Effective decision-making requires the ability to consistently identify and choose the best option from multiple possibilities. It also requires imagination and logic. Applying the critical thinking process in your professional life will help you disassemble complex IT and business problems and better understand the factors that influence your thinking, along with the potential implications of your decisions. In this assessment, you will apply the critical thinking process to identify, research, and suggest a possible solution to an IT problem.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
- Competency 1: Communicate effectively in writing.
- Identify an IT-related topic relevant to the current business environment.
- Describe a current IT problem.
- Write coherently to support a central idea, using an appropriate format, with the correct grammar, usage, and mechanics expected of an IT professional.
- Competency 2: Apply information literacy skills.
- Apply research to explain a current IT problem.
- Support ideas with relevant scholarly or professional resources.
- Competency 5: Apply critical thinking to solve problems.
- Describe solutions to a current IT problem.
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Toggle Drawer ResourcesRequired ResourcesThe following resources are required to complete the assessments.Capella ResourcesClick the links provided to view the following resources:
- New Business Realities of the 21st Century.
- The Critical Thinking Process.
Show LessSuggested ResourcesThe following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.Library ResourcesThe following e-books and articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course.
- Greengard, S. (2009, July). Are we losing our ability to think critically?Communications of the ACM, 52(7), 18–19.
- Wei, D. (2010). The impact of emerging technologies on small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Journal of Business Systems, Governance & Ethics, 4(4), 53–60.
Course Library GuideA Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the IT-FP3006 – Communication Strategies for the IT Professional Library Guide to help direct your research.Internet ResourcesAccess the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
- Elder, L., & Paul, R. (2009). Becoming a critic of your thinking. Retrieved from http://www.criticalthinking.org/articles/becoming-a-critic.cfm
Assessment Instructions PreparationReview the New Business Realities of the 21st Century reading found in the Required Resources. As you review this document, think about a current IT-related topic that you are interested in researching and learning more about.Select an IT-related topic you would like to research. You might choose a topic in order to gain new insight that will be helpful to you in your current work environment, or simply choose an IT topic that interests you. Select a topic that you will be able to research thoroughly, so that you will be able to build a sound argument that is supported by expert opinion. As you choose your topic, consider how learning more about it could help you improve your career or advance your organization's mission. Examples of appropriate topics include the following:
- New and emerging technologies.
- Information management and data integrity.
- Management and operation of technology infrastructure.
Once you have chosen your IT-related topic:
- Choose a problem within the topic that you would like to research.
- For example, if your topic is information management and data integrity, an associated problem might be the challenge of being aware of the data and information being collected, derived, and maintained.
- Refer to the steps and process described in The Critical Thinking Process document (linked in the Required Resources) to help you make your choice, if needed.
- Research your topic and problem. Locate a minimum of 3–4 scholarly or professional resources on the problem.
- The resources you locate can help guide the focus of your paper.
- For example, if your topic is information management and data integrity, and your problem is how organizations should be aware of the data and information being collected and maintained, your research may lead you to focus on how an information classification scheme might help.
Your research and critical thinking should help you develop ideas for possible solutions to the problem.Note: Wikipedia is not considered an appropriate resource for your paper. Use scholarly and professional resources only. Refer to the IT-FP3006 – Communication Strategies for the IT Professional Library Guide to help direct your research.DirectionsBegin your research paper by developing an introduction, a body with at least three titled sections, a conclusion, and a page for references. Note that using subheadings within the body of your paper provides direction and purpose for each of the sections.The Introduction – A good introduction provides an overview of the topic, explains the purpose of the paper, and informs the reader of what the paper details. You should have 2–3 paragraphs that clearly introduce the topic and present the titles of each section within the body. For this assessment, your introduction should:
- Identify the IT topic.
- Describe the IT-related problem and explain how it is relevant to the IT topic.
- Define the focus of your research.
- Clearly state what you discovered about the topic and problem through your research.
- Address the why and how questions of the problem. For example, why is it important for an organization to know how much data and information is collected? How might multiple copies of data be costly to the organization?
- Support your statements with relevant quotes and paraphrases from the resources you researched. Use in-text citations as well as your reference list to credit your sources, following APA style and formatting guidelines.
- Reiterate your key points and their implications for your topic, then summarize your conclusions.
- If there are still lingering questions about your topic, present them in the conclusion.
The Body – Each section of the body of your paper should directly connect back to the focus of your research, as defined in your introduction.The Conclusion – The conclusion section is typically 2–3 paragraphs in length. This is where you restate your topic and give a brief synopsis of your findings.Additional RequirementsYour assessment paper should be well organized and include all of the following elements:
- Title page.
- Introduction: 2–3 paragraphs.
- Body: This is the focus of your research. This section of your paper should be 2–3 pages in length.
- Conclusion: 2–3 paragraphs that restate the problem along with your final thoughts.
- References page: Support your statements with references and citations from at least 3 scholarly or professional resources. Follow APA formatting guidelines.
- Font style and size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
- Overall length of paper: 4–6 double-spaced pages, excluding the title page and references page.