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Critical Thinking

This course is currently available as E-Learning, or a private instructor-led class scheduled to suit your availabilty. You can click here to inquire further or you ask us for recommendations on similar classes.

Recommended Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Overview

In today’s society, many people experience information overload. We are bombarded with messages to believe various ideas, purchase things, support causes, and lead our lifestyle in a particular way. How do you know what to believe? How do you separate the truth from the myths?

The answer lies in critical thinking skills. The ability to clearly reason through problems and to present arguments in a logical, compelling way has become a key skill for survival in today’s world. This course will give you some practical tools and hands-on experience with critical thinking and problem solving.

Learning Objectives

Course Outline

  1. Course Overview
  2. Understanding Critical Thinking
  3. What is Critical Thinking?
  4. Characteristics of a Critical Thinker
  5. Common Critical Thinking Styles
  6. Making Connections
  7. Where Do Other Types of Thinking Fit In?
  8. Left- and Right-Brain Thinking
  9. Whole-Brain Thinking
  10. Pitfalls to Reasoned Decision Making
  11. The Critical Thinking Process
  12. The Critical Thinking Model
  13. The Standards of Critical Thinking
  14. Identifying the Issues
  15. Identifying the Arguments
  16. Clarifying the Issues and Arguments
  17. Establishing Context
  18. Checking Credibility and Consistency
  19. Evaluating Arguments
  20. Case Study
  21. A Critical Thinker’s Skill Set
  22. Asking Questions
  23. Probing Techniques
  24. Pushing My Buttons
  25. Critical Thinking Questions
  26. Active Listening Skills
  27. Creating Explanations
  28. Defining Explanations
  29. Steps to Building an Explanation
  30. Making Connections
  31. Dealing with Assumptions
  32. Common Sense
  33. Critical and Creative Thought Systems
  34. Techniques for Thinking Creatively
  35. Creative Thinking Exercise
  36. DeBono’s Thinking Hats
  37. Putting It Into Practice
  38. Presenting and Communicating Your Ideas to Others
  39. Pre-Assignment Preparation
  40. Presentations
  41. Personal Action Plan
  42. Recommended Reading List
  43. Post-Course Assessment

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