W1-a-course introduction-Fall 2009-2010

W1-a-course introduction-Fall 2009-2010 - Critical Thinking...

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Unformatted text preview: Critical Thinking and Problem Critical Solving Solving UNIV 1212 Dr Bruce Wells Can you draw 4 straight lines through all the dots without lifting your pen from the paper? Solution Agenda Course Overview PMU Competencies and Learning Outcomes PMU Course Description Learning Outcomes Topics to Be Covered Course Format Assessment Strategy Other Information Course Overview Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Critical covers basic topics involving critical thinking and problem solving. These include deductive and inductive reasoning, values and ethics, fallacy, and causality. The students will learn how to analyze and present valid arguments. present PMU Competencies and Learning PMU Outcomes Outcomes Students of UNIV 1212 will acquire the Students knowledge and skills that will allow them to critically analyze arguments and problems, so they are able to provide valid refutations and solutions. In the process they enhance their ability to communicate solutions and rationale to others and develop teamwork and leadership skills. They explore the Internet to find resources. They experience first hand how ethical issues can affect problem solving across diverse cultures. problem Course Description The course begins with an introduction to problem solving The via simple logical puzzles. This is followed by an elementary study of arguments, including general rules for arguments and types of arguments. Critical thinking and reasoning are approached through a more advanced study of arguments dealing with values and ethics, reality, causality, induction, and deduction. The course concludes with discussions of faulty reasoning and fallacy. with The teaching methodology for the course provides studentcentered learning through collaborative enquiry. centered Learning Outcomes To develop the critical thinking necessary to To analyze arguments. analyze To learn how to support conclusions based on To valid arguments. valid To develop the ability to present valid, To coherent argument. coherent To develop teamwork and leadership skills. To develop the ability to use the Internet as a To resource. resource. Topics to Be Covered A. Basic arguments (Required Text, XIII.A.1.) 1. General rules (Chapter 1) 2. Arguments by example (Chapter 2) 3. Arguments by analogy (Chapter 3) 4. Arguments by authority (Chapter 4) 5. Arguments about causes (Chapter 5) 6. Deductive arguments (Chapter 6) B. Becoming a critical thinker (Required Text, XIII.A.2.) 1. Foundations of arguments (Chapter 1) 2. Values and ethics (Chapter 2) 3. Reality assumptions (Chapter 3) 4. Statistical and causal arguments (Chapter 4) 5. Inductive generalizations (Chapter 5) 6. Reasoning errors (Chapter 6) Topics to Be Covered (cont-) C. Faulty reasoning (Required Text, XIII.A.3.) C. 1. Code of Intellectual Conduct (Chapter 1) 2. Fallacy (Chapter 4) D. Decision making (Required Text, XIII.A.2.) 1. Problem solving (Chapter 10) 2. Decision making (Chapter 10) Course Format This course meets in a seminar format, two hours per class, one class per week. This Students work in groups of two or three to read and discuss the material. At the Students beginning of each class, one student is designated as the discussion leader for the group and leads the discussion for that class. The discussion leaders alternate so that each member of the group has equal opportunity to be a discussion leader. The faculty member enters into the group discussions only when asked, or when the group needs direction. group All work completed by the group is compiled into one notebook (loose leaf binder) All for each group. (This is summarized individually in weekly learning logs) Students are required to keep an individual “reflective notebook or learning log” in Students which, after each class, they enter their own assessments of what they learned, and what questions they are left with from the class. Assessment Strategy 3 Individual written reports 1 Group debate and report Mid term Exam Final Exam Individual Portfolio Learning Logs Group Logs TOTAL 40% 20% 10% 10% 5% 10% 5% 100% Assessment Strategy (cont-) Late Assignments Late Assignments If your assignment is between 1 day late and 7 days late ­ you will have 20% of marks deducted. If your assignment is more than 1 week late you will receive 0% marks. Sometimes people procrastinate and don’t complete their assignments until the last minute. Then a computer failure or glitch kicks them off­line and their assignments cannot be submitted on time. If that happens, you get a zero. The key is to complete your assignments ahead of time in case of technical difficulties. Technical difficulties are real. They happen. They must be anticipated. They are not an excuse for a late submission. Assessment Strategy (cont-) Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism All suspected plagiarized work will be investigated and, if found to be All academically dishonest, will result in a zero and any other action in accordance with PMU policy (see Student Handbook pp. 139-142 for a clear explanation of action that is taken by the university when cheating, dishonesty and plagiarism occur). occur). Attendance 5% absences (1 absence from a 2-hour class) = letter from Registrar 10% absences (2 absences) = warning letter from Registrar 15% absences (3 absences) = notification and possible withdrawal from the course 15% by the Registrar by Classroom Etiquette Mobile phones should be on silent during class time. Mobile Be a player in class, not a spectator. Be Class Materials Pad of paper Pens Textbooks Other Information Required Textbooks Damer, E. (2001). Attacking faulty reasoning (3rd ed.). Belmont, California: Damer, Attacking Wadsworth/Thompson Learning. ISBN: 0-543-55133-5 ISBN: Diestler, S. (2005). Becoming a critical thinker: A user friendly manual (3rd ed.). Diestler, (3 Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0131779982 ISBN: Inch, E. S. & Warnick, B. (2010). Critical thinking and communication: The use of Inch, reason in argument. New York, USA: Allyn & Bacon. reason New ISBN: 978-0-205-67293-6 ISBN: Weston, A. (2000). A rulebook for arguments (3rd ed.). Indianapolis, Weston, (3 Indiana: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. ISBN: 0-87220-552-5 ISBN: How to Contact me Office: S 098 Telephone extension: 9247 Office hours: Office Monday Tuesday Wednesday 2:00 – 4:00 PM 2:00 – 4:00 PM 2:00 – 3:00 PM Email: bwells@pmu.edu.sa Email: bwells@pmu.edu.sa ...
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