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  • 12
    Lessons
  • 12
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 5
    Hours
    average time
  • 0.5
    CEUs
  • 224
    Students
    have taken this course
 
 
 

Course Description

This course summarizes the goals and consequences of critical thinking, as well as items to be aware of when learning how to think critically, including cognitive biases and logical fallacies. The course also covers the value that comes from both individual thinking and group-based thinking, as well as the various disadvantages that come with both territories. Strategic planning is also discussed, specifically scenario planning, and the requisites and consequences of that planning type. Creativity is taught, in terms of what it is, what its consequences are, and how to cultivate it. This course is intended for those who are interested in gaining a basic sense of thinking and developing their cognitive abilities, to better their lives as individuals, and to make them better and stronger employees, team members, and leaders. This course does not provide in-depth analyses regarding critical thinking or creative thinking, nor should it be considered the definitive volume on such topics. Rather, the course allows a beginner to discover the foundation they need in order to develop themselves towards more in-depth texts. 

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is thinking done with depth, clarity, logic, and precision. 10 Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Types of Reasoning Skills

Reasoning skills are those skills that allow an individual to approach a problem, understand how to solve it, and then apply certain cognitions to arrive at a viable solution. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Types of Reasoning; Deductive and Inductive Arguments: What's the Difference?
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Clear Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Clear Writing

Critical thinking can lead to clearer thinking and clearer writing. 0 Total Points
  • Review Article: Principles of Clear Writing

Lesson 4: Persuasion

The goal of persuasion is to convince an individual or an entity regarding an idea, concept, opinion, or perspective. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Using Rhetorical Strategies for Persuasion; Crafting Effective Persuasive Arguments
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Types of Inductive Arguments

Inductive arguments work to apply what is known about objects or concepts, to those objects and concepts that are unknown. 8 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Examples of Inductive Reasoning; Assessing the Strength of Inductive Arguments
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Types of Reasoning (moral, legal, aesthetic, etc.)

Reason is applying critical thinking and conscious thought to establish and verify evidence, based on either new or existing information. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Syllogistic Reasoning; Conditional Reasoning; Moral, Legal and Aesthetic Reasoning
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: How to Inspire Critical Thinking in Teams and Organizations

In order to foster critical thinking in teams and organizations, creativity needs to be cultivated. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Sparking Creativity in the Workplace
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Techniques for Sparking Ideas, Solving Problems

A major issue people have is not having the confidence in their ability to be creative, come up with ideas, and solve problems. 10 Total Points
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Defining Problems and Making Decisions

How you approach an issue and begin to solve it can affect the entire implementation process. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Developing/weighing alternatives in problem solving; How to Evaluate Problem Solving in a Business
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Using Teams to Think Critically and Problem Solve

Though solitary thinking is effective in solving problems, working in groups to generate ideas and solutions can be very beneficial, not only in the kinds of ideas generated, but also in helping those involved retain the information better. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: What Are the Benefits of Critical Thinking in the Workplace?; Examples of Using Critical Thinking to Make Decisions in the Workplace
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Strategic Planning and Scenario Planning

For many organizations and companies, scenario planning is a very helpful technique that allows strategy to be discussed, especially when there is critical uncertainty in the future environment. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Five Steps to a Strategic Plan
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Exploring Your Personal Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

Following through questionnaires, and going through exercises designed to test your skills, is a first step in determining what your creative and critical strengths and weaknesses are. 48 Total Points
  • Take Poll: How would you rate this course?
  • Complete: The Final Exam
146
Total Course Points
 

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Course Title: Critical Thinking
Course Number: 8900333
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: Professional Development (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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