PHIL2100 Critical Thinking

This course is an introduction to logic, the study of reasoning. Students will investigate what an `argument` is in logic, which different forms of argument are good ones, which are not, and which rules to follow in constructing and evaluating arguments. Students will also master some useful problem-solving methodologies relevant to the workplace.

Credits

3

Prerequisite

Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 or ENGL1026. Basic computer literacy skills required

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Evaluate definitions
Explain fallacious reasoning
Evaluate inductive arguments for generalizations
Evaluate inductive arguments for analogies
Evaluate inductive arguments for causation
Evaluate inductive arguments from authority
Evaluate validity of deductive arguments
Evaluate soundness of deductive arguments
Defend a position on a given topic
Apply problem-solving methodologies

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
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Campus

Brooklyn Park Campus Eden Prairie Campus 952-995-1300

Credit Details

lecture:

3

MnTC Goal Areas:

2