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Listen • Speak • Engage San Jos é  State University Communication Studies Comm 41, Critical Decision Making, Sec 10, Spring 2010 Instructor: Chris Lancaster Office location: HGH 207 Telephone: 408-924-5380 Email: [email protected] Office hours: Mon, Tues & Wed 1700-1800; Fri 1400-1600 Class days/time: Tues 1800-2045 Classroom: HGH 124 GE/SJSU Studies Category A3: Critical Thinking 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 aim of this course is to provide you with the skills necessary to think critically, enhancing your ability to solve complex problems and come to well-reasoned conclusions. In this class you will learn how to: critically analyze and formulate arguments; gather and assess relevant information using abstract ideas; test conclusions and solutions against relevant standards and criteria; and think open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing any underlying assumptions, implications, and practical consequences therein. Readings, lectures, written assignments, group activities, and class discussions serve as resources for you as you develop your critical thinking skills. Course Learning Objectives After successfully completing this course, you will: LO1. Distinguish between reasoning (e.g., explanation, argument) and other types of discourse (e.g., description, assertion) LO2. Identify, analyze, and evaluate different types of reasoning LO3. Find and state crucial unstated assumptions in reasoning COMM 41, Critical Decision Making Spring 2010 page 1 of 5 
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Listen • Speak • Engage LO4. Evaluate factual claims or statements used in reasoning and evaluate the sources of evidence for such claims LO5.
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