Full course description
Businesses often demand that their employees think critically or analytically. This workshop serves as a first step for a person to develop the analytical thinking skills businesses desire or can serve as a “refresher” for students to refine their analytical thinking skills. Students will first learn how to analyze collections of statements formally in order to facilitate an improved understanding of argumentation and of the nature of validity versus invalidity. Next, students will learn various formal rules of reasoning and apply them to assess the strength/effectiveness of arguments. Finally, students will find examples of arguments in reports and other media, applying some of the formal rules learned to assess those arguments.
WHAT TO EXPECT: While we all think analytically at some level, there is always room to enhance this valuable skill. Expect to spend 2-3 hours per week viewing recorded lectures, completing knowledge checks and end-of-module (week) quizzes, participating in asynchronous discussions, and working on a final project. Visit the FAQs page to learn more.
Begins March 8, 2021