PHIL2100 Critical Thinking for College Success

This course is an introduction to the study of reasoning and its applications to making good decisions and avoiding mental errors in the college environment. Students will investigate the logical concept of an `argument’ and focus on how supporting beliefs with evidence and sound reasoning leads to better positions, decisions, behaviors, and outcomes in college and in life.





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:
Define personal success
Explain intellectual virtues advantageous to the college environment
Explain fallacious reasoning and the tendency to make mental errors
Evaluate inductive arguments for generalizations
Evaluate inductive arguments for analogies
Evaluate inductive arguments for causation
Evaluate inductive arguments from authority
Use deductive reasoning to troubleshoot problems
Analyze personal financial behaviors
Analyze personal time management
Analyze relationships with persons of influence
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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Credit Details



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