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Course Syllabus: Critical Thinking


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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. 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking

Lesson 2: Types of Reasoning Skills

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

Lesson 4: Persuasion

Lesson 5: Types of Inductive Arguments

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

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

Lesson 8: Techniques for Sparking Ideas, Solving Problems

Lesson 9: Defining Problems and Making Decisions

Lesson 10: Using Teams to Think Critically and Problem Solve

Lesson 11: Strategic Planning and Scenario Planning

Lesson 12: Exploring Your Personal Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define critical thinking is.
  • Describe types of reasoning skills.
  • Recognize clear thinking, critical thinking, and clear writing.
  • Describe persuasion.
  • Describe types of inductive arguments.
  • Know how to inspire critical thinking in teams and organizations.
  • Know techniques for sparking ideas, solving problems.
  • Know defining problems and making decisions.
  • Describe how to use teams to think critically and problem solve.
  • Know strategic planning and scenario planning.
  • Describe your personal critical and creative thinking skills, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction1
Exam 19
Exam 210
Exam 410
Exam 58
Exam 610
Exam 710
Exam 810
Exam 910
Exam 1010
Exam 1110
The Final Exam48
Total Points:146
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