Instructor's Guide


Quizzes, Reflective Questions, and Activities

The following are the assignments embedded in the Problem Solving tutorial:


Relationship to Other iStudy Tutorials

This activity is the first step in most research methodologies. A typical research methodology can be described as:

Therefore, it is recommended that instructors introduce this tutorial to students prior to any tutorials that deal with data collection and analysis, report writing, or the review, revision, and publication process.


Suggested In-Class Methods of Presentation



Note : This is an excellent opportunity to utilize and reinforce the cooperative learning techniques from the Cooperative Learning tutorial.

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Key Points

These points are covered in the iStudy module, but should be emphasized in any discussions.

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Assessment Criteria

Through observing both the group's and the individual's activities, the instructor may assess student performance. Assessment criteria are as follows (instructors supply the percentage weights):


Assessment Criteria





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The student can define the concept of problem solving by relating the science method to it.


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The student can describe the reasons why problem solving skills are valuable by giving examples.




The student can determine the true problem in any problem solving situation by explaining why.


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The student can distinguish well-structured and ill-structured problems by comparing them with each other.