A survey of concepts and methods geared to the advancement of skills in critical thinking. Subject matter includes the nature of critical thinking; the relations between logic and language; the relations between rhetor¬ical persuasion and rational argumentation; the nature of word definition; the practical functions of language; the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive; the difference between valid and invalid, or strong and weak reasoning; methods for analyzing and evaluating arguments; common argumentative fallacies; basic symbolic logic.
Credits: 3 semester units
Course capacity: 30 students
Course length: 16 weeks
Course cost: Textbook chapters applicable for this course are required and cost approximately $10. CSUSM will coordinate your purchase. You may also purchase older, hard copy versions of the assigned text. Other required readings will be published online.
Student support: Your instructor is available to assist you with your questions. Students receive support from class peers through use of the discussion board. CSUSM provides technical support. Your BHMT Career Counselor is available to assist you with your career and education planning, and also navigating through obstacles you may encounter during the course. Be sure to discuss the course and it’s time requirements with your family, friends and coworkers.
Student orientation (required): ): Students are required to attend a Critical Thinking Student Orientation (to be scheduled a few weeks prior to the course start date). Once registered students will receive an email with orientation details.
Course Transfer of Credit
It is your responsibility to explore the transferability of PHIL 110 with the school and academic program you intend to pursue.
Critical Thinking (PHIL 110) is intended for BHMT participants who need to fulfill a prerequisite course requirement in critical thinking for an academic program such as Nursing, Allied Health, or other healthcare programs. It is your responsibility to determine whether this course is a required prerequisite for the academic program you intend to pursue. Note: This course is writing intensive and will require essays and written exercises. Prior coursework or experience in academic essay writing is highly recommended.
Online Learning Readiness Quiz
This Online Learning Readiness Quiz provided by CSUSM is a tool that can help you determine how ready you are for online learning. It’s a brief quiz with immediate results.
BHMT participants are responsible for making sure selected course(s) will transfer to the accepting institution.
Note: If you have registration questions or technical issues please email Elizabeth Rosales, CSUSM Program Services.
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January 22 – May 11, 2018
last day to drop and not receive a “W”: Feb 2
last day to drop and receive a “W”: Feb 16
Finals week: May 12 – 17, 2018
August 27 – December 10, 2018
last day to drop and not receive a “W”: Sept. 10
last day to drop and receive a “W”: Sept. 21
Finals week: December 10 – 15, 2018
For questions or help accessing the practice course contact Elizabeth Rosales, CSUSM Program Services.