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Jump to Navigation Frame Jump to Content Frame San Jose State UCommunication Studies Communication 41, Critical Decision Making,  Spring 2010 Instructor: Dr. Stephen Hinerman Office location: HGH 216 Telephone: 408-924-2210 Email: Office hours: M/W – 1-4 (online) Class days/time: online Classroom: online GE/SJSU Studies Category Critical Thinking A3 Catalog Description Critical reasoning and problem solving in group discussion. Examination of the relationship between critical decision-making and group communication. Practice in group problem solving as a means for developing critical thinking skills. Succeeding in this Class At SJSU, students are expected to spend two hours outside of class for every one hour of class time. Because this is a three unit class, you can expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week in addition to time spent in class and on scheduled tutorials or activities. Special projects
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or assignments may require additional work for the course. Careful time management will help you keep up with readings and assignments and enable you to be successful in all of your courses. Blackboard class website  Copies of the course syllabus and major assignment sheets may be found on the class Blackboard site. You are responsible for regularly checking messages sent via Blackboard. The announcement page will be used for updates and other important alerts about the class. You may use Blackboard email to contact me or use the email address and phone number listed above. Course Goals Our focus this semester will be on critical thinking and problem solving, focusing in particular on the way these function in group discussions. To put this another way, this is a course in understanding the basics of good critical thinking: how to reason well, how to analyze an argument, how to evaluate evidence, how to spot fallacies, how to look for unstated assumptions, etc. We will look at these basics in both the context of making good critical decisions in groups, and also how we can function in groups to help us become better critical thinkers. Class discussions, activities, readings and assignments are designed to help you develop your critical thinking skills and enhance your communicative competence. So, you will not only learn about reasoning, argumentation, and theories of small group communication, but will also develop practical skills necessary for critical decision making in small group contexts. Course Learning Objectives
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