Key skill assessment unit: Problem solving
Key skill assessment unit: Problem solving

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Key skill assessment unit: Problem solving

7.2 Developing a strategy

Present notes/records that show you have planned your use of problem-solving skills in tackling a selected problem from your study or work. Your evidence must include:

  • the goals you hope to achieve over 3–4 months or so; you should indicate how these goals relate to the context in which you are working and to your current capabilities;

  • how you planned and explored the problem and set out the next stages of the work, for example, using a flow chart to break it down into sub-problems, or re-framing the problem to view it from different perspectives. You need to include a statement that describes the factors taken into account when planning;

  • the critical features of the problem and how you established them, for example, using critical path analysis or a concept map;

  • notes on the methods you have considered to work on and tackle the problem and an estimation of the likely success of these methods;

  • a plan of action to do the work that includes:

    • targets you have set to achieve your goals;

    • the opportunities you can use to achieve your targets;

    • the resources you might use, including people, to develop your skills, for example, course materials, tutor feedback, discussions with others;

    • evidence you plan to present, for example, an assignment or project report;

    • a schedule that gives deadlines and review points.

Be prepared to revise and update your strategy as your work develops. Think of it as a living document; you are likely to make many changes and adjustments to it while you are working on the course. Keep a record of your revisions and notes about why you made changes.

You could perhaps discuss your strategy with a study advisor and receive feedback. You could use this feedback to help you assess your progress as your work develops.

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