Pour_41_01 - Listen Speak Engage San Jos State University...

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Listen • Speak • Engage San José State University Communication Studies COMM 41, Critical Decision Making, 01, Spring 2010 Instructor: Luisa Avila Pour Office location: HGH 209 Telephone: 408-924-6822 Email: [email protected] (preferred method of contact) Office hours: Class days/time: Mondays 6:00 – 8:45 PM Classroom: HGH 223 GE/SJSU Studies Category: Core GE Critical Thinking requirement (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 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. Course Goals The ability to effectively communicate in small groups is important and necessary in both professional and social contexts. In this course, we will examine critical reasoning and problem solving in group discussion. Class discussions, readings, activities, and assignments are designed to facilitate your critical thinking skills and enhance your communication competence in the small group set context. Course Learning Objectives 1. Students will demonstrate, orally and in writing, proficiency in the course goals. Development of the following competencies will result in dispositions or habits of intellectual autonomy, appreciation of different worldviews, courage and perseverance in inquiry, and commitment to employ analytical reasoning. Students should be able to: Distinguish between reasoning (e.g., explanation, argument) and other types of discourse (e.g., description, assertion); 2. Identify, analyze, and evaluate different types of reasoning; 3. Find and state crucial unstated assumptions in reasoning; COMM 041, Critical Decision Making Spring 2010 page 1 of 6 
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Listen • Speak • Engage 4. Evaluate factual claims or statements used in reasoning, and evaluate the sources of evidence for such claims; 5. Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism; 6. Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system; 7. Locate, retrieve, organize, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information of relevance to the subject matter of the course in an effective and efficient manner; and
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