Fayetteville Technical Community Collge

FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS:

..."Mrs.Perez is the best! I have taken many many many online classes and she has been by far the most respondent, caring, and helpful. I was always impressed with how fast she responds AND GRADES. There are not many teachers that respond and grade so quickly. It really helps me to know that she cares enough to take the time to help a student out. I really appreciated this class. And while I am super happy to be done with it, I am happy to say it was a positive experience and no tears were shed! I don't have any recommendations. Shes great :)" (Kellyanne Moeller July 2018)

..."Concerning this course: What would you keep, what would you change, and any other helpful information that could benefit future students? This course was fun for me. I enjoyed the challenges presented and how they were presented to the students. This is approached correctly would be the best way of learning in that it is not test based, it is based on the actual topic of critical thinking and how we should approach not just this class, but all topics we come in contact with. Definitely, a course to make you think. There is nothing I would see needing to be changed." (Hope Ward July 2018)

Critical Thinking

This course introduces the use of critical thinking skills in the context of human conflict. Emphasis is placed on evaluating information, problem-solving, approaching cross-cultural perspectives, and resolving controversies and dilemmas. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate orally and in writing the use of critical thinking skills in the analysis of appropriate texts. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts. This course may meet the SACS humanities requirement for AAS degree programs. HUM115 is a 100% online course-that is, we will not meet face-to-face in the classroom but if students need help arrangements can be made via Instant Messaging, Video Chat, or telephone. 

Course Competence, Outcomes, and Major Assignments

At the successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define metacognition and elaborate on personal learning style or preferences as defined by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, providing examples of new learning strategies based on this knowledge.

  • Describe the three primary knowledge styles, explaining which most closely fits the student's profile at the beginning of the course and elaborating on how one may change knowledge style when necessary.

  • List and explain the eight primary skills required for critical thinking.

  • Demonstrate the use of each of the critical thinking skills in evaluating information.

  • Explain why critical thinking skills are necessary and elaborate on the hazards of passive thinking.

  • Effectively compare and contrast information from various sources and opine as to the accuracy and validity of the information encountered.

  • Analyze various messages to include works of art, newspaper clippings, news broadcasts, commercials, and others, breaking them down into components and expressing views on the real message contained.

  • Evaluate information for accuracy, inaccuracy, and hidden meanings, and express opinions as to the originator's true intent.

  • Group messages, objects, abstract ideas and the like and defend decisions on group placement.

  • Demonstrate an ability to make deductions and inductions when presented with complex and sometimes misleading information, and express own opinions on information.

  • Synthesize material, information, and ideas from various sources into complex new and original thoughts and ideas and effectively elaborate these thoughts and ideas to others.

  • Abstract complex information without losing original meaning and effectively convey this information to others.

  • Persuade others of one's thoughts, ideas, and interpretations while remaining receptive to other valid ideas.

Textbook Readings:

Becoming a Strategic Thinker: Developing Skills for Success

By W. James Potter, Edition: 1st edition.

ISBN# 0-13-117983-7

Textbook chapters and/or handouts require no more than 60-90 minutes of reading time per week. Students are highly encouraged to dig deeper into the material with the provided resources. In addition to these reading requirements, students will spend one to two hours a week completing assignments.

Modules Guides and PowerPoint Slides: Each chapter has PowerPoint slides and Module Guides that explain the chapters in a cursory fashion. Simply click on Lesson Plans to view samples from previous terms.

What do students need to know upfront?

  1. Welcome Module quiz due at the end of day one

  2. Writing Assignments are due online by Sunday night

  3. Module Guides every week to help you

  4. No Quizzes or Exams

Modes of Assessment:

8 to 15 Short-answer questions (depending on 8-week or 16-week course) and one comprehensive essay during the last assessment.

(1) Welcome Module Quiz P/F

(1) Knowledge Styles Inventory Summary
(1) Art Analysis
(1) The Skill of Deduction: False Information exercise
(1) Synthesis 9 poems into one summary
(1) Persuasive Essay
(1) Short Response

Course Schedule:

The 16-week course moves at a slower pace usually spending several weeks on one module whereas the 8-week course covers one module in its entirety per week. Students will several sample assignments under the menu title Lesson Plans. 

Module One: Introduction To Critical Thinking and Multiple Intelligences, Strategic Thinking and Knowledge Styles

Module Two: Analysis & Evaluation 
Module Three: Induction & Deduction

Module Four: Grouping & Synthesis
Module Five: Abstracting & Persuasive Essay 
Module Six: SpringBoard