Hum 114 Syllabus

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Course Description

This course focuses on developing the critical and creative thinking skills necessary to analyze and solve problems, make decisions, implement strategies, and formulate well supported points of view on key academic, social, and professional issues. The principles of creative thinking are essential to critical thinking skills. Students will learn how to evaluate their ideas and how to communicate their points of view persuasively.


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Course Materials

Ruggiero, V. R. (2009). The art of thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought (9th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Longman.

All electronic materials are available on your student website.

Supplemental Resources

Short Form Writing Style Guide

Course Topics & Objectives

Week One: Developing and Establishing a Foundation for Thinking

• Identify strategies to develop and improve your thinking. • Recognize the importance of building a foundation for critical and creative thinking. • Explain the basis of judgment when addressing moral questions and dilemmas.

Week One: Accuracy of Perception and Understanding

• Explain the steps for becoming an individual.
• Identify habits that hinder thinking.
• Compare alternatives for overcoming habits that hinder thinking.

Week Two: Critical Reading, Listening, and Viewing

• Clarify the importance of making distinctions on critical evaluation. • Compare strategies for critical reading, listening, and viewing.

Week Two: Being Creative

• Apply creativity to problems and issues.
• Identify techniques to regain curiosity.
• Explain key elements for producing ideas.

Week Three: Problem Identification

• Distinguish problems from issues.
• Describe how to express problems and issues.

Week Three: Problem Solving Processes

• Identify sources of information when investigating a problem or issue. • Compare the steps in refining solutions to a problem and in the resolutions of issues.

Week Four: Understanding the Role of Criticism

• Apply strategies to foster criticism in problem solving. • Identify approaches to refine a solution to a problem.

Week Four: Argument Analysis and Evaluation

• Differentiate among the errors affecting truth and validity. • Summarize the steps to evaluate arguments.

Week Five: Communicating Your Ideas

• Explain techniques to present ideas and to persuade others effectively. • Recognize approaches to effective writing and speaking....
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