District Syllabus

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: ENC0025 Developmental Writing II And
REA0017 Developmental Reading II
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
FA, SP, SU – The study and practice of critical thinking through 
both formal and informal reasoning.  Techniques covered, such as 
argument reconstruction, identifying fallacies, and inductive 
reasoning methods will help the student to analyze everyday 
problems.  Meets A.A. general education, Humanities.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Watson, Jamie Carlin, and Robert Arp. Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well, 1st ed., Continuum, 2011. ISBN: 9780826439512
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: There is a fee for distance learning classes.
Program Learning Outcomes:
I.Critical Thinking:  The student evaluates the validity of ideas, 
developing informed opinions or defensible conclusions.
II. Communication: The student effectively communicates knowledge 
and ideas.
V. Cultural Literacy:  The student demonstrates an understanding of 
human culture and its diversity.         
Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of PHI 2100, students will
1.  Recognize and criticize weak arguments and develop strong, sound 
or cogent arguments;
2.  Identify the most commonly committed fallacies;
3.  Explain the basic tenets of epistemology.
4.  Identify the critical thinking skills inherent in informal logic 
5.  Discuss opposing viewpoints, differences, and agreement in the 
form of rational discourse; and
6.  Recognize the difference between knowledge and belief. 
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. 
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed 
by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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