Portfolio Project Option 1: Critical Thinking Essay

Becoming a college student means that you have a responsibility to apply knowledge to advance your field and to make the world a better place. Through practicing critical thinking skills, we learn not only to avoid being manipulated in our thinking, but to fully support and provide evidence for our ideas. Your critical thinking journal, if you kept one, will help inform your final project.

Write an 8-10 page critical thinking essay (not counting required title or reference page).

Begin the process of constructing your project by choosing a particular issue or problem. The goal is then to align this problem or issue with a specific logic model from the text and/or other critical thinking tools you have been learning throughout the course. As you construct your essay, utilize critical thinking tools to evaluate your data and your credible research, interpret this data, and understand your specific problem or issue from a broader, deeper, and more focused perspective. Be sure to refer to your journal and think of how your critical thinking and analysis skills have grown through the course. You will need to devote two to three paragraphs to this reflection as you cite the work from your Journal.

Note: Accessing and implementing credible research from the CSU-Global Library is vitally important in the process of constructing your final essay (and it will also be important in all your future coursework).

In constructing your essay, utilize and integrate the Elements of Thought from Chapter 5, pp. 104-122.

Your paper must:

  • Cite at least six scholarly peer-reviewed sources that are not required or recommended readings for this course. You may include credible websites. If you are not certain what a credible site is, ask your instructor. Wikipedia, dot coms, cable news, and blogs are not acceptable as scholarly sources (The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find your scholarly resources.)
  • You may cite the textbook, but that does not count as one of the scholarly peer-reviewed sources.
  • Incorporate terms and concepts from the class readings and lecture pages.
  • Be formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA.

Keep in mind the following preliminary deliverables throughout the course that will go toward completing your project:

  • Week 1: Submit Portfolio Project Outline (worth 25 points)
  • Week 4: Submit Portfolio Project Topic (worth 25 points)
  • Week 6: Submit Portfolio Project Outline (worth 25 points)

Refer to the Portfolio Project grading rubric found in the Module 8 folder to understand how you will be graded.