District Syllabus

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
Study of and practice in reasoning and critical thinking in deductive
and inductive logic. Techniques the student learns are directly
related to other courses and will help the student in solving
everyday problems. Additional treatment may be given to symbolic 
logic. Meets A.A. general educatio Category V. A writing emphasis 
Required Materials: Books:
  • Jamie Carlin Watson & 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:
Global Learning Outcomes:
I. CRITICAL THINKING: Students evaluate the validity of their 
own and others' ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
synthesizing results into the learning process. 

II.  	COMMUNICATION: Students develop effective reading, 
writing, speaking and listening skills. 

VI.	SOCIAL SKILLS: Students develop and use skills and 
attitudes that integrate the individual into society.                
Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon finishing the course, students should be able to recognize and
criticize weak arguments and develop strong, sound or cogent 
arguments. Specifically, the student should be able to spot the most
commonly committed fallacies (about 40 in number) and demonstrate 
their ability to compose a cogent argument (paper or other 
assignment). Additionally, students should emerge from the course 
with a basic understanding of epistemology.
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the
instructor, within the polices 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.