Synthesis Paper (Key Assignment Critical Thinking 4.2) Pending
Students will compose a synthesis paper on their experiences of learning and implementing enabling conditions and overcoming dysfunctions as experienced in their teams. The paper should be 10-15 pages in length, double-spaced, include a title page, and conform to APA style and formatting.
Synthesis means putting ideas from many sources together in one essay. After reading the texts and participating in a variety of team activities, students will organize some of the information around a theme or a question regarding developing teams, make generalizations, and then present information (quotes, examples) in a logical way to support their arguments. Remember: a synthesis is NOT a summary, a comparison or a review; a synthesis is a result of an integration of what you heard/read and your ability to use this learning to develop and support a key thesis. Learning to write a synthesis paper is a critical skill, crucial to organizing and presenting information in academic and non-academic settings.
This paper is the Critical Thinking 4.2 Mid-level Assessment and must be submitted to Chalk and Wire. The paper will be graded according to the Critical Thinking Rubric attached at the end of this syllabus and available on the course eLearn site, which requires a student to examine the process of reflection, reasoning and imagining, through which the individual willingly, systematically, and habitually examines and explore statements, problems, issues, beliefs, and social constraints. The graduate demonstrates these competencies at each level: (1) an attitude of intellectual inquiry; (2) information literacy; and (3) critical, analytical, and reflective thinking skills [metacognition]. The minimum acceptable score for this assignment is a 3 on that rubric. If a student does not meet the minimum LLO score, they will fail the assignment and receive no credit for the LLO. These essays must be submitted to both turnitin and Chalk and Wire through eLearn to receive credit for them.
This paper will also be evaluated using the rubric below (as well as the general paper criteria in the BSOL Learning Guide):