COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA COURSE OUTLINE

COLLEGE: STATE APPROVAL DATE: 09/27/2010
ORIGINATOR: Patricia Nelson STATE CONTROL NUMBER: CCC000357261
BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVAL DATE: 05/08/2008
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE APPROVAL DATE: 04/15/2013
CURRENT EFFECTIVE DATE:
 
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT:

1. REQUESTED CREDIT CLASSIFICATION:
  Credit - Degree Applicable
Course is not a basic skills course.
Program Applicable
2. DEPT/COURSE NO: 3. COURSE TITLE:
  ENGL 005   Critical Thinking in Reading and Writing
4. COURSE: COA Course Changes only in Non-Catalog Info   TOP NO. 1501.00
5. UNITS: 3.000   HRS/WK LEC: 3.00 Total: 52.50
  HRS/WK LAB:

6. NO. OF TIMES OFFERED AS SELETED TOPIC:       AVERAGE ENROLLMENT:
7. JUSTIFICATION FOR COURSE:
  To provide a critical thinking foundation for reading and writing in university level courses. To satisfy Area 4d of the General Education requirements for the Associate Degree. Transfers to CSU, UC.
8. COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION
  Develops the ability to analyze, criticize and advocate ideas. Relationship of language to logic, induction and deduction, facts, inferences, judgments, formal and informal fallacies of language and thought. Instructs in writing about issues of critical thinking to develop both thinking and writing skills.
9. OTHER CATALOG INFORMATION
 
  1. Modular: No     If yes, how many modules:
  2. Open entry/open exit: No
  3. Grading Policy: Both Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
  4. Eligible for credit by Exam: No
  5. Repeatable according to state guidelines: No
  6. Required for degree/certificate (specify):
    New - AA-T in English
  7. Meets GE/Transfer requirements (specify):
    Area 4d of the General Education requirements for the Associate Degree, UC Area 1, CSU GE Area A
  8. C-ID Number: Expiration Date:

  9. Are there prerequisites/corequisites/recommended preparation for this course? Yes
  10. Acceptable for Credit: CSU/UC
10. LIST STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES (EXIT SKILLS): (Objectives must define the exit skills required of students and include criteria identified in Items 12, 14, and 15 - critical thinking, essay writing, problem solving, written/verbal communications, computational skills, working with others, workplace needs, SCANS competencies, all aspects of the industry, etc.)(See SCANS/All Aspects of Industry Worksheet.)

Students will be able to:
  1. Effectively focus, organize, and develop essays of increasing sophistication and complexity which demonstrate the ability to reason well;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the language and working concepts of critical thinking, argumentation, logic and analysis;
  3. Distinguish facts and inferences in written materials;
  4. Evaluate problems of language misuse and distortions evidenced in advertising, political presentations, and the like;
  5. Recognize techniques of fair vs. unfair persuasion and discriminate factual statements from judgmental statements;
  6. Reason systematically and logically;
  7. Solve problems by applying known information and analyzing alternatives in order to arrive at a solution;
  8. Present a position on an issue or a solution to a problem using data;
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of a multicultural nation such as the United States, and how diverse cultural traditions can lead to different perceptions of and solutions to national problems;
  10. Compose thesis-driven arguments including interpretation, evaluation, and analysis using a variety of appropriate textual evidence and examples;
  11. Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources; incorporate findings into written essays using appropriate documentation format without plagiarism.
11A. COURSE CONTENT: List major topics to be covered. This section must be more than listing chapter headings from a textbook. Outline the course content, including essential topics, major subdivisions, and supporting details. It should include enough information so that a faculty member from any institution will have a clear understanding of the material taught in the course and the approximate length of time devoted to each. There should be congruence among the catalog description, lecture and/or lab content, student performance objectives, and the student learning outcomes. List percent of time spent on each topic; ensure percentages total 100%.

LECTURE CONTENT:

1.    Fundamentals of college level critical thinking, including problems and issues in observation, facts, perceptions, inferences, assumptions, evidence, reasons, and conclusions.
2.    Fundamentals of problem-solving, including considering and evaluating alternative solutions land perspectives.
3.    Instruction in writing the analytical, argumentative, and comparative-evaluative essay, including techniques for writing research papers.
4.    Close and analytical reading reviewed and practiced—finding main ideas, evaluating viewpoints and supports, responding in writing.
5.    Examination of the role of language and semantics in critical thinking, social communications, and propaganda.
6.    Introduction to the logical fallacies of both inductive and deductive reasoning land in the world of commercial and political rhetoric.
7.    Introduction to various cultural perspectives that influence differing world views.

11B. LAB CONTENT:
N/A
12. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION (List methods used to present course content.)
  1. Lecture
  2. Other (Specify)
  3. Discussion
  4. Distance Education

  5. Other Methods:
    Instructor-driven lecture on rhetorical forms, logical and fallacious reasoning. Class discussion to evaluate argumentative writing and develop problem solving skills. Peer sharing and collaborative learning to foster understanding of cultural traditions and deepen problem solving abilities. Student presentations of primary and secondary sources with appropriate data. Essay writing and other writing exercises to develp rhetorical skills, linguistic sophistication, and demonstrate proper documentation of sources using current MLA format. Group and individual analysis of multi-media presentations.
13. ASSIGNMENTS: 0.00 hours/week (List all assignments, including library assignments. Requires two (2) hours of independent work outside of class for each unit/weekly lecture hour. Outside assignments are not required for lab-only courses, although they can be given.)

Out-of-class Assignments:
1. Argumentative, analytical, and persuasive essays (6,000 words exclusive of early drafts), including a research paper based on library research. 2. Notebook of thinking activities and news clippings related to critical thinking issues or similar recording of student development. 3. Readings from the text, other assigned readings with discussions, and at least one full-length non-fiction work. 4. Preparation for oral debates or similar means of expressing argumentation methods in the classroom. 5. Preparation for written examinations or other in-class means for showing content mastery of text materials and lectures.


ASSIGNMENTS ARE: (See definition of college level):
Primarily College Level
14. STUDENT ASSESSMENT: (Grades are based on):
ESSAY (Includes "blue book" exams and any written assignment of sufficient length and complexity to require students to select and organize ideas, to explain and support the ideas, and to demonstrate critical thinking skills.)
NON-COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING (Critical thinking should be demonstrated by solving unfamiliar problems via various strategies.)
SKILL DEMONSTRATION
OTHER (Describe):
Evaluation of student essays and other written materials for rhetorical appropriateness and logical reasoning, including proper documentation of resourses and data. Assessment of written work and group or individual projects that attempt to define and solve issues, with particular emphasis on diverse cultural traditions and resulting viewpoints. Analysis of student's ability to use, creatively and with emerging sophistication, the tools of critical thinking and logical reasoning.
15. TEXTS, READINGS, AND MATERIALS
  A. Textbooks:
 
  • Cooper. 2009. Writing Logically, Thinking Critically 6th . Longman
    Rationale: -
  • Hacker,. 2007. Rules for Writers 6. St. Martin Press
    Rationale: -
  • Mayfield. 2006. Thinking for Yourself 7. Wadsworth
    Rationale: -
  • Ruggiero. 2008. Becoming a Critical Thinker 6. Wadsworth
    Rationale: -
  • Shakakespeare. 2000. Richard III Perguine Putnam
    Rationale: -
 

*Date is required: Transfer institutions require current publication date(s) within 5 years of outline addition/update.

  B. Additional Resources:
 
  • Library/LRC Materials and Services:

    The instructor, in consultation with a librarian, has reviewed the materials and services of the College Library/LRC in the subject areas related to the proposed new course
  • Are print materials adequate?     Yes
  • Are nonprint materials adequate?     No
  • Are electronic/online resources available?     Yes
  • Are services adequate?     Yes
  • Specific materials and/or services needed have been identified and discussed. Librarian comments:
  C. Readings listed in A and B above are: (See definition of college level):
 

Primarily college level

16. DESIGNATE OCCUPATIONAL CODE:
E - Non-Occupational
17. LEVEL BELOW TRANSFER:
Y - Not Applicable
18. CALIFORNIA CLASSIFICATION CODE:
Y - Credit Course
19. NON CREDIT COURSE CATEGORY:
Y - Not Applicable
20. FUNDING AGENCY CATEGORY:
Not Applicable - Not Applicable
SUPPLEMENTAL PAGE

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1a. Prerequisites/Corequisites/Recommended Preparation:
    PREREQUISITE:
  • ENGL 001A: Composition and Reading Composition and Reading