REQUIRED TEXTS: Parker and Moore, CRITICAL THINKING, 6th Ed.
Hicks and Kelly, READINGS FOR LOGICAL ANALYSIS, 2nd Ed.
Critical Thinking teaches the skills necessary for students to effectively analyze verbal and written data and express the results in written form. In the process of analyzing the arguments of others, students will learn to construct well-reasoned written arguments of their own. Content from Parker and Moore's Critical Thinking will be developed through short example exercises, applied to written arguments in The Art of Reasoning, and presented in the student's own work in four short papers and one long research paper.
Students are eligible for English 1C if they have passed English 1A with a grade of C or better; the course transfers to four-year institutions with a grade of C or above. To pass the course, students need to complete five areas of course work: in-class assignments, short papers, a research paper, a midterm, and a final examination. In-class assignments include quizzes, exercises, debates, and group activities. Quiz scores and activities are used to settle borderline disputes in final grading. The short papers address issues relevant to the textbook material and are evaluated on their use of well-reasoned arguments, their inclusion of relevant support material, and their adherence to logical essay structure. They are letter graded and averaged for a composite grade. The research paper is assessed according to the above criteria, and in addition, it is evaluated for successful integration of source material. The short papers, the research paper, the midterm, and the final, each contribute 25% to the final grade.
Papers must be typewritten, double spaced, and turned in at the beginning of class on the day they are due; late papers are not accepted. All work must be identified by name, date, and assignment. In-class assignments must be completed in ink; work written in pencil will be returned to the student without a grade. Students may submit a rewritten paper for an improved grade within one week after a paper has been returned.
Students are responsible for all work covered in class whether they are present or not. Although three absences are allowed for the semester, such a number of absences would seriously impede a student's ability to perform successfully in the class.
* Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office.
**Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.