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A discussion of the general principles of reasonable discourse, with a focus on persuasive and cogent writing.
In this class you will learn how to think critically; you will learn how to evaluate arguments, claims, beliefs, and so on as well as how to make solid arguments of your own. You will learn how to think clearly, a powerful skill indeed. Since the complement to thinking clearly is writing clearly, this critical thinking course also includes a writing component. Many of the assignments require short essay or paragraph-style answers. These will be marked on content, grammar, and style. Please make sure you proofread your assignments before handing them in.
- Three Assignments (12% each – 36%): Short answer, essay, argument evaluation
- One Blog Argument (12%)
- One Blog Critique (12%)
- One Final Proctored Exam (40%): Scheduled. Short answer, essay, argument evaluation, possibly some multiple choice.
Each assignment will focus on the material of the current section, but assignments 2, 3, & 4 will also contain questions that cover material from the previous sections.
Late penalties are set at 5% per day late. The turnaround time for getting comments on a late assignment could be considerably longer than for those which are submitted on time.
The final exam will test you on your understanding of the material covered in the course as a whole, as well as on your ability to apply the skills you have learned. It will be a closed-book exam in a form similar to that of the assignments. By the time you take the exam, the style of questions should be familiar to you since you will have encountered similar questions in the textbook exercises, as well as on your assignments.
|Module 1||Claims: Recognising, Identifying, Distinguishing, Normative vs. Non-normative |
Arguments: Recognising, Identifying, Distinguishing, Features, Deductive vs. Inductive, Structure, Standardising
|Module 2||Argument Forms |
|Module 3||Credibility of Claims |
Credibility of Sources
Rhetoric: Distinguishing Between Rhetoric and Argument Fallacies
|Module 4||Inductive Arguments: Generalising |
Scientific sampling: Sample, Target, Feature, Typicality
Polls: Random Sample, Error Margin, Confidence Level Fallacies
Arguments by Analogy
Cause and Effect Fallacies
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
Available from Queen's Campus Bookstore:
- Moore, B. N. & Parker, R. 2011. Critical Thinking, 10th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.
The text is full of examples and exercises and is accompanied by a website – www.mhhe.com/mooreparker9e - where you will find a student study guide, additional exercises, help with selected exercises, and much more.
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 15 - 20 hours per week on the course.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
|Letter Grade||Grade Point|
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.
How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.
Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.
Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.