Using Resources to Promote Critical Thinking

Using Resources to Promote Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is an integral part of any educational program

At UC, we encourage and provide applicable resources for the promotion of critical thinking

In order to properly research and complete course papers, proper resources must be utilized

Researching Using the Critical Questions

When using research resources, it is imperative to review the six critical questions and implement that data into your writings.

Proper Resources for Research

When asked to completed a research paper in the UC School for Computer and Information Sciences, you must use scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

A peer-reviewed article is one that has “been evaluated by several researchers or subject specialist in the academic community prior to accepting it for publication” and is “also known as scholarly or refereed.”

Proper Format is Important

All papers written for courses within the School for Computer and Information Sciences must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) writing style.

University Resources

The UC Library provides a myriad of online resources to assist students with proper research

Resources referring to Information Security can be found inside the UC Library site

Research Paper

At least 10 pages, no more than 20

Double spaced APA style

At least 10 references

At least 5 of your references have to be scholarly peer-reviewed articles

Research Paper

You work for a large multinational technology organization. The company has determined they need to create a disaster recovery plan.

As a team, pick one of the following department in your organization:

Computer Operations






Human Resources


Service (i.e., Vehicle Maintenance)

Administration (i.e., Executive Branch)

Research Presentation

Goal is to summarize your research paper

Must present for at least 10 minutes but no more than 15 minutes

Your group will be randomly selected for presentation

All group members need to participate in the presentation

Component Exemplary (3) Adequate (2) Inadequate (1) Score
Project overview Effectively and insightfully develops a set of testable, supportable and impactful study hypotheses. Develops a set of testable and supportable hypotheses. Hypotheses are not testable or justifiable.
Justification for hypotheses The introduction section provides a cogent overview of conceptual and theoretical issues related to the study hypotheses. Demonstrates outstanding critical thinking. The introduction section provides a logical overview of conceptual and theoretical issues related to the study hypotheses. Demonstrates competent critical thinking. Very little support for the conceptual and theoretical relevant to the study hypotheses was provided. Provides little evidence of sound critical thinking.
Supporting evidence Provides clearly appropriate evidence to support position Provides adequate evidence to support position Provides little or no evidence to support position
Review of relevant research Sophisticated integration, synthesis, and critique of literature from related fields. Places work within larger context. Provides a meaningful summary of the literature. Shows understanding of relevant literature Provides little or no relevant scholarship.
Maintains purpose/focus The project is well organized and has a tight and cohesive focus that is integrated throughout the document The project has an organizational structure and the focus is clear throughout. The document lacks focus or contains major drifts in focus
Methodology Sample Procedures Measures Data analytic plan Identifies appropriate methodologies and research techniques (e.g., justifies the sample, procedures, and measures). Data analytic plan is suitable to test study hypotheses. Provides appropriate justification for controls. Project is feasible Identifies appropriate methodologies and research techniques but some details are missing or vague. The methodologies described are either not suited or poorly suited to test hypotheses. The methodology is under-developed and/or is not feasible.
Grammar, clarity, and organization The manuscript is well written and ideas are well developed and explained. Sentences and paragraphs are grammatically correct. Uses subheadings appropriately. The manuscript effectively communicates ideas. The writing is grammatically correct, but some sections lack clarity. The manuscript is poorly written and confusing. Ideas are not communicated effectively.
References and citations Properly and explicitly cited. Reference list matches citations Properly cited. May have a few instances in which proper citations are missing. The manuscript lacks proper citations or includes no citations.

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