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Module Outline

Semester: 06
APRIL 2019 – AUGUST 2019

CRITICAL THINKING–CRT3201

MODULE DETAILS

Course Location : Kolej IGS


Department : Faculty of Business
Program Name : Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Software Engineering with Multimedia
Semester : 6
Credits : 2
Status : Core
Contact hours : 2 hours
No. of weeks : 14 Teaching weeks + 2 Assessments + 1 Week midterm break
Teaching Pattern : Lectures\Tutorials\Discussion\Question and Answers
Pre-requisite : None
No. of assignments : 2
Tutor’s Name : Muthusamy Senthilkumar
Contact Number : +6738932195
E-mail : kumar.s@igsbrunei.edu.bn
Website : nil
Portfolio : N/A
Venue : Theater Hall 3
Day/Time : Monday (2:00pm – 4:00pm) for Day Class

Prepared by : MsRita Lajau & Mr. Kumar Checked by :

Signature : Date: Signature : Date

This document comprises the following:

 Essential Information
 Specific Module Information
 Module Rules & Regulations
 Grades
 Plagiarism
 Module Introduction
 Module Aims & Objectives
 Learning Outcome
 Specific Generic Learning Skills
 Syllabus + Lecture Outline
 References
 Reading Lists
 Assessment Schedule
 Assessment Criteria
 Learning Activities
 Specific Criteria
Other documents as follows will be issued to you on an ongoing basis throughout the semester:

 Handouts for Assignments


 Submission Requirements + Guidelines
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1.0 ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
 All modules other than electives are 'significant modules'
 As an indicator of workload one credit carries and additional 2 hours of self study per week. For example, a module
worth 3 credits require that the student spends an additional 6 hours per week, either reading, completing the
assignment or doing self directed research for that module.
 Submission of ALL assignment work is compulsory in this module. A student cannot pass this module without having to
submit ALL assignment work by the due date or an approved extension of that date.
 All assignments are to be handed on time on the due date. Students will be penalized 10 percent for the first day and 5
percent per day thereafter for late submission (a weekend or a public holiday counts as one day). Late submission,
after the date Board of Studies meeting will not be accepted.
 Due dates, compulsory assignment requirements and submission requirements may only be altered with the consent of
the majority of students enrolled in this module at the beginning/early in the program.
 Extensions of time for submission of assignment work may be granted if the application for extension is accompanied by
a medical certificate.
 Overseas travel is not an acceptable reason for seeking a change in the examination schedule.
 Only the Head of School can grant approval for extension of submission beyond the assignment deadline.
 Re-submission of work can only receive a 50% maximum pass rate.
 Supplementary exams can only be granted if the level of work is satisfactory AND the semester work has been
completed.
 Harvard referencing and plagiarism policy will apply on all written assignments.

2.0 SPECIFIC MODULE INFORMATION


 Attendance rate of 80% is mandatory for passing module.
 All grades are subject to attendance and participation.
 Absenteeism at any scheduled presentations will result in zero mark for that presentation.
 Visual presentation work in drawn and model form must be the original work of the student.
 The attached semester program is subject to change at short notice.

3.0 MODULE RULES AND REGULATIONS:


Assessment procedure:
 These rules and regulations are to be read in conjunction with the UNIT AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
 All assignments/projects must be completed and presented for marking by the due date.
 Marks will be deducted for late work and invalid reasons.
 All assignments must be delivered by the student in person to the lecturer concerned. No other lecturer is allowed to
accept students’ assignments.
 All tests/examinations are compulsory.
 Students must sit the test/examination on the notified date.
 Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the test/examination timetable.
 Students who miss a test/examination will not be allowed to pass.
 Any scheduling of tutorials, both during or after lecture hours, is TOTALLY the responsibility of each student.
Appointments are to be proposed, arranged, confirmed, and kept, by each student. Failure to do so in a professional
manner may result in penalty of grades. Tutorials WITHOUT appointments will also NOT be entertained.
 Note that every assignment is given an ample time frame for completion. This, together with advanced information
pertaining deadlines gives you NO EXCUSE not to submit assignments on time.

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4.0 GRADES

All modules and assessable projects will be graded according to the following system. With respect to those units that are
designated 'Approved for Pass/Fail' the grade will be either PX or F:
New Grading
Grade Numeric Grade Description

80 – 100 A Pass with Distinction


75 – 79 A-

70 – 74 B+
65 – 69 B Pass with Credit
60 – 64 B-

55 – 59 C+
50 – 54 C Pass
45 – 59 C-
40 – 44 D, PX, PC

0 – 39 F Fail

EXP Exempted
PC Pass Conceded
PP Pass Provisional with extra work needed
PX Pass after extra work is given and passed
X Ineligible for assessment due to unsatisfactory attendance
D Deferred
W Withdraw
DNA Did Not Attend Module
DNC Did Not Complete Module

5.0 PLAGIARISM, COPYRIGHT, PATENTS, OWNERSHIP OF WORK: STUDENT MAJOR PROJECT, THESES & WORKS
See LIMKOKWING, HIGH FLYERS HANDOUT, pg 10.

6.0 MODULE INTRODUCTION


Critical Thinking is defined as “…mode of thinking about any subject, content, or problem in which the thinker improves the
quality of his or her thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structure inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards
upon them”.

It is a “self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards
of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem solving abilities and a
commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism”

(taken from The Foundation of Critical Thinking (http://www.criticalthinking.org)

This module is designed to introduce to students the processes of critical thinking and problem solving, by actively and
skillfully evaluate information and conceptualize a solution, using observation, experience, reflection, reasoning and
communication.

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7.0 MODULE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
In this course, students will be:
1) Provided with a solid and practical foundation to accurately interprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions and so
on.
2) Provided with case studies and examples where students can build upon on their comprehension skills (identify issue,
distinguish between clarification, argument, persuasion, identify difference between conclusions, and the arguments, as
well as differences between factual judgements and non-factual judgments)
3) Provided with case studies and exampleswhere students can build upon on their reasoning skills (distinguish between
inductive and deductive reasoning, between logic and truth, determine whether a consideration is relevant, recognize
questionable assumption and missing information, evaluate credibility of statements and sources, and identify
ambiguity, vagueness, and common fallacies in reasoning)

8.0 LEARNING OUTCOME


At the end of this course, student will be able to:

1) Demonstrate an increased ability to explain an issue or problem comprehensively.


2) Demonstrate an increased ability to employ evidence/information in conducting comprehensive analysis of an issue or
problem
3) Demonstrate an increased ability to analyze contents when presenting a position or an issue or problem
4) Demonstrate an increased ability to describe her/his perspectives along with those of others associated with the
situation
5) Demonstrate an increased ability to formulate a thesis/hypothesis into account the complexity of an issue or problem
6) Demonstrate an increased ability to draw logical conclusions and implications from the analysis of an issue or problem
7) Identify relevant arguments (claims, reasons, pro and cons)
8) Analyze and evaluates alternative points of view
9) Fair-mindedly follows where evidence and reason lead.

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9.0 SPECIFIC GENERIC LEARNING SKILLS
Students will acquire the following skills:
1) Judgment Skills – Students can self-evaluate their own strength and weakness, challenge and receive opinions and
develop criteria and judgment
2) Manage Information – Students can manage information, collect appropriate data from a range of sources and
undertake simple research with external guidance
3) Autonomy – Students can take responsibility for own learning with minimum direction
4) Communication – Students can communicate effectively in a format appropriate to the discipline and report in a clear
and concise manner.
5) Team work – Students can effectively work with others as a member of a group and meet obligations to others.

10.0 UNIT SYLLABUS + LECTURE OUTLINE:

Assignment/
Week Date Topics Exercise/ Group
Work
 MODULE INTRODUCTION 1. Module Outline
1 April 6th  Briefing subject module during the first
week
 CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL 1. Class handout
THINKING Class
 What is thinking? 2. tutorial/activities
 Types of thinking
April
2 13th


What is critical thinking?
Critical Thinking standards
 Benefits of Critical Thinking
 Barriers of Critical Thinking
 Characteristics of Critical Thinkers
 CHAPTER 2: RECOGNIZING ARGUMENTS 1. Class handout
 What is an argument? Class
 Identifying Premises and Conclusions 2. tutorial/activities
 What is NOT an argument?
April
3 15th


Reports
Unsupported assertions
 Conditional statements
 Illustrations
 Explanations
 CHAPTER 3: BASIC LOGICAL CONCEPTS 1. Class handout
 Deduction and Induction Class
 How can we tell whether an Argument is 2. tutorial/activities
Deductive or Inductive?
April
4 22nd


Common patterns of Deductive Reasoning
Common patterns of Deductive Reasoning
 Deductive Validity
 Inductive Strength

 CHAPTER 4: LANGUAGE 1. Class handout


 Finding the right words: The need for Class
precision 2. tutorial/activities
April
5 29th


The importance of Precise Definition
Emotive Language: Slanting the truth
 Euphemisms and Political Correctness

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6 May 06th Public Hoilday Awal Ramadhan (Puasa)
 CHAPTER 5: ANALYZING ARGUMENTS, 1. Class Handout
EVALUATING ARGUMENTS, TRUTH CLAIMS 2. Class Discussion
AND ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY 3. Since May 06th is a
 Diagramming short arguments public holiday, the
 Summarizing longer arguments class will be
 Paraphrasing replace on 11th May
 Finding missing premises
2019 morning 10am
to 12 noon
and conclusions
6 May 11th  Common mistakes to avoid
 When is an argument a good one?
 The meaning of good arguments

 When is it reasonable to accept a premise


 Refuting arguments
 Argumentative Essay

 CHAPTER 6: LOGICAL FALLACY (FALLACY 1. Class Handout


OF RELEVANCE&FALLACY OF
INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE) 2. Class Discussion
• The concept of relevance
• Fallacies of relevance
– Personal attack (ad hominem)
– Attacking the motive
– Look who is talking (to
quoque)
– Two wrongs make a right
– Scare tactics
– Appeal to pity
– Bandwagon argument
– Straw man

7 May 13th –
Red herring
Equivocation
– Begging the question

• Fallacies of insufficient evidence


– Inappropriate appeal to
authority
– Appeal to ignorance
– False alternative
– Loaded questions
– Questionable cause
– Hasty generalization
– Slippery slope
– Weak analogy
– Inconsistency

Hari Raya Holidays (May 20th – June 08th )


WEEK 8 & 9-MIDTERM EXAMINATION (June 10th – June 22nd)
 CHAPTER 7: DECISION MAKING & PROBLEM 1. Class Handout
SLOVING SKILLS 2. Class Discussion
 Making sound decision
 Descriptive and Prescriptive process
10 June 24th  Pitfalls and Pratfalls in Decision Making
 Evaluating Consequence
 Anatomy of Problem
 Problem Solving Strategies
 Applying the Framework

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 CHAPTER 9: INDUCTIVE REASONING 1. Class Handout
 Introduction to induction Class
 Inductive generalization 2. Tutorial/Activities
 Evaluating inductive
generalization
 Statistical arguments
st 
11 July 01 Induction and analogy
 What is an analogy?
 How can we argue by
analogy?
 Evaluating analogy from
arguments
 Induction and causal arguments
 Correlation and cause
 CHAPTER 10: FINDING, EVALUATING 1. Class Handout
AND USING SOURCES Class
 Finding sources 2. Tutorial/Activities
 Refining search 3.
 Directional information
 Informational sources
 Evaluating sources
 Contents: facts and
everything else

12 July 08th The Author
Publisher
and the

 The Audience
 Evaluating internet source
 Taking notes
 Bibliography information
 Contents Notes: quotes,
summaries and paraphrases
 Using sources
 Acknowledging sources
 Incorporating sources
Hari Keputeraan Kebawah Duli Maha Mulia
13 July 15th
Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan
 CHAPTER 11: THINKING CRITICALLY 1. Class Handout
ABOUT THE MEDIA 2. Class Discussion
 The Mass Media 3. Since July 15th is a
 The News Media public holiday, the
 The importance of concept class will be
 What really drives the media replace on 20th July
 The news as entertainment 2019 morning 10am

13 July 20th 
How the media entertain us
Slanting the news
to 12 noon

 Media literacy
 Advertising
 What ads do?
 Defenses of advertising
 Criticism of advertising
 Common advertising ploys

Week 14, Presentation Week

Week – 15, Study Week

Week – 16, Final Exam


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11.0 REFERENCES
 Bassham, G., William, I., Nardone, H., Wallace, J. (2010). Critical Thinking: A Student Perception. New York Citi,
NY:Mc-Graw Hill.
 Moore, B., Parker, R. (2009). Critical Thinking 9th Edition.New York Citi, NY:Mc-Graw Hill.
 Waller, B. ( 2012), Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Pearson Education, Inc.

12.0 Reading LIsts

http://www.criticalthinking.org/

13.0 ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

Assessment description Issue date Due date %

Assignment 1 (Individual) - Essay Week 5 Week 10 15%

Assignment 2 (Group) - Debate Week 7 Week 14 25%

Mid Term Exam Week 8 & 9 20%

Final Exam Week 16 Week 18 40%

TOTAL 100%
14.0 ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Coursework: Assignment 1 (Individual) : 15%


Assignment 2 (Group) : 25%
Mid-Term Examination : 20%
Examination: Final Examination : 40%

Students must SUBMIT and PASS both; coursework and examinations in order to PASS the module.

15.0 LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Students will have several in-class exercises during the course of the semester to reinforce the material covered in
lecture. For instance, students will be given an example, case-study, or topics for discussion

On successful completion of the tutorials, exercises, case studies, and discussions, the students can expect to
complete their major assignment without any hassle.

16.0 SPECIFIC CRITERIA

 All assignments needing citation must follow the following style


http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/files/Harvard_referencing.pdf

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