Describe when they have a medical issue, users of the site tend to rely on the site instead of seeing medical professionals.
Explanation: The advice on the site is accurate, but can it do harm? One open question is whether the visitors are capable of understanding the information they receive. If (C) is not true, and they cannot interpret the information on the site accurately, then they may well do harm to themselves or others as a result of this misunderstanding. (C), therefore, must be assumed. (A) Suggests that traditional sources of advice are not perfect, but that does not suggest anything about whether any harm can come from this site. (B) Need not be assumed because the issue here is the harm that can come from the medical advice present. Nothing about other kinds of advice need be assumed. (D) Could only weaken the argument by suggesting that the advice may not be up to date.
6. Which of the following, if true, would weaken the owners’ claim?
- When they have a medical issue, users of the site tend to rely on the site instead of seeing medical professionals.
- The site’s revenue is closely linked to the number of unique visitors who come to the site each month.
- The site owners have plans to expand the range of medical conditions addressed on the site based on suggestions from the site visitors themselves.
- For years, the cost of medical care has increased at a higher rate than the rate of inflation.
Explanation: If the information is accurate, could the site still cause harm? Simply receiving accurate information doesn’t seem likely to cause harm, but if (A) is true, using the site could lead people to rely on the site instead of consulting with professionals. If the site becomes a substitute for proven forms of medical care, then it could cause considerable harm. (A) Is therefore correct. (B) is incorrect because there is no clear link between this form of revenue generation and harm. If anything, the site owners would have an incentive to maintain quality in order to get people to keep coming back. (C) Is wrong because taking suggestions from visitors on the topics the site should cover should not be a problem. The customers know what their issues are, so why not ask them? (C) Would be a problem if the advice were based on customer suggestions, but that’s not what (C) says. (D) is irrelevant because it tells us nothing about this site or what happens to the people who use it.
The exams for this course are individual, at home, open book exercises. Although you have and can continue to discuss concepts with others prior to taking the exams, the exams must represent your own learning and information utilization competency.
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Why is the Final Exam designed this way?
The Final Exam brings together key concepts, skills, and knowledge from the entire course, because that’s what you’ll need to do in the real world to help organizations reach their goals. While we often study skills one at a time, we use them in combinations.
In addition, while understanding concepts and techniques will always help and is often necessary, you’ll also need critical thinking skills to maximize your impact in your career. There is widespread agreement that critical thinking is one of the essential skills required for post-graduation success. Critical thinkers can help organizations avoid disaster, but they can also spot opportunities that other people miss and find alternative solutions when others see only one way. That’s why your Final Exam has questions asking you to critically evaluate claims and analyze the connection between evidence and conclusion.
How should I study for the Final Exam?
Start by reviewing the core concepts from each week of the course. Without that background, you’ll have trouble with the applications. Don’t just memorize terms and formulas. Imagine how you would use those concepts to make better decisions. Use the sample questions above to get a better sense of what the Final Exam will be like. Get used to critically evaluating claims, spotting assumptions, and weighing evidence. This will help you do better on the exam, and those skills will stay with you for your entire career.
A bonus: Preparing for the exams will allow you to take inventory of the knowledge and tools you’ve acquired throughout the course, so you can more readily apply what you’ve learned for professional success.