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COURSE NUMBER: INST117
COURSE TITLE:Critical Thinking and Strategic Problem-Solving
DIVISION:Institutional / Developmental Ed
IAI CODE(S):
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:4
CONTACT HOURS:180
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will develop critical thinking, reflective and problem solving skill sets by developing the ability to interpret, analyze, and evaluate ideals, arguments and theories. Students will explore some major historical issues through the use of literature, theatrical, cinematic, and personal testimony/eye-witness accounts. They will present their ideals and interpretations of events while learning how to frame an effective argument. Students will use logic models and mapping sequences to develop reasonable conclusions. Learning and applying persuasion techniques will assist the student in structuring debatable topics.

PREREQUISITES:
None

NOTES:
This course is not available for web registration.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Display skills used by good critical thinkers.
  2. Problem-solve using logical methods.
  3. Analyze issues and draw logical conclusions based on evidences.
  4. Thoroughly investigate and judge the credibility of sources.
  5. Model independent thinking skills.
  6. Understand historical context and apply that to modern problems/issues.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
  • Students will develop written, oral and artistic interpretations of material presented in class;
  • Identify and develop logic models and solutions-based documents;
  • Discuss ethical dilemmas, choices, and outcomes;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical events and good/bad problem-solving behaviors; and
  • Discuss current and past local, national, and global events.

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
To be selected

EVALUATION:
The grade will be determined by attendance, assignment completion,
volunteer participation experience, and exams utilizing a point system
on the following scale:
90% - 100% = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
Below 60% = F

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2012

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