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Critical Thinking Skills for University Success

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 4 модуль

Преподаватель


Сенченко Анастасия Викторовна

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Working curriculum of the university in the training direction 45.03.02 “Linguistics”, training level – Bachelor, 1st year, approved in 2019. The students are required to have B2 level of the English language (according to CEFR https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/cefr/). In this course, the students will learn how to develop their Critical Thinking Skills to help them achieve success in their university studies. The course gives a system of well-structured video lectures supported by suggested self-study reading resources and self-check quizzes.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main objectives of this course are: 1. Study the difference between the terms “critical thinking” and “argumentation”, learn about academic integrity. 2. Outline the importance of critical thinking development in contemporary academic contexts. 3. Gain insight into key skills for success at university. 4. Realise the importance of metacognitive skills and habits of mind for critical thinking. 5. Learn the types of reasoning in critical thinking. 6. Learn how to use suitable evidence to support claims and to evaluate other speakers’ argumentation. 7. Use the strategies studied in the course in a class debate.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Use critical thinking and argumentation in university contexts to improve academic results.
  • Understand the importance and function of critical thinking in academic culture.
  • Use a variety of thinking tools to improve critical thinking.
  • Identify types of argument, and bias within arguments, in order to better evaluate the strength of arguments.
  • Use evidence to support claims in arguments.
  • Apply critical thinking and argumentation to real world problems and issues.
  • Compose writing reflectively in order to demonstrate critical thinking.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to Critical Thinking in Academic Culture
    This module gives a brief introduction to the course and consists of 7 videos which cover the topics of academic culture, critical thinking, survival skills at university and academic integrity. It also provides the listeners with 7 self-study materials concerning the structure of course assessment structure and learning outcomes. The assessment of the module includes 4 practice quizzes and a summative quiz. This section gives an access to the discussion board.
  • Critical Thinking in Academic Contexts.
    This module is devoted to the issues of critical thinking, arguments and questioning and consists of 7 videos covering the following topics: Dispositions and Habits of Mind for Critical Thinking; Argument Spheres; Argument Fields; Questioning in Critical Thinking; Questioning a Text. It also provides the listeners with 4 self-study materials concerning the learning outcomes. The assessment of the module includes 4 practice quizzes and a summative quiz. This section gives an access to the discussion board.
  • Logic & Reasoning.
    This module includes 6 videos on the following topics: Premises and Conclusions; Formal Logic Structures; Common Fallacies; Forms of Reasoning; Applying Systems Thinking. It also provides the listeners with 4 self-study materials concerning the learning outcomes. The assessment of the module includes 4 practice quizzes and a summative quiz. This section gives an access to the discussion board.
  • Argumentation.
    This module consists of 10 videos covering the following issues: Claims and Evidence; Identifying Biases and Assumptions; Using Critical Thinking to Evaluate Arguments; Using Criteria to Evaluate Arguments; Types of Argument. It also provides the listeners with 4 self-study materials concerning the learning outcomes. The assessment of the module includes 4 practice quizzes and a summative quiz. This section gives an access to the discussion board.
  • Demonstrating Critical Thinking.
    This module consists of 6 videos covering the following issues: Argument Structures; Argument Chains; Models for Academic Argumentation; Critical Thinking and Critique; Critical Thinking and Reflective Writing. It also provides the listeners with 4 self-study materials concerning the learning outcomes. The assessment of the module includes 4 practice quizzes and a summative quiz. This section gives an access to the discussion board.
  • Summative Assignment.
    This module is the final unit of the course and gives an opportunity to complete the summative assessment assignment and assess the peers’ works. It presents 4 self-study materials such as assessment of the peers’ assignments and a practice assignment of peer marking.
  • Final examination.
    Final test based on the contents of the course and a group discussion which is aimed at the assessment of the practical skills gained during the course.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Test Unit1
  • non-blocking Test Unit 2
  • non-blocking Test Unit 3
  • non-blocking Test Unit 4
  • non-blocking Test Unit 5
  • non-blocking Assignment
  • non-blocking Examination
    Экзамен проводится в письменной форме (тест из 25 тестовых заданий и 5 заданий с развернутым ответом) с использованием асинхронного прокторинга. Экзамен проводится на платформе Google Forms (https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/) с прокторингом на платформе Экзамус (https://hse.student.examus.net). К экзамену необходимо подключиться за 15 минут. На платформе Экзамус доступно тестирование системы. Компьютер студента должен удовлетворять следующим требованиям: https://elearning.hse.ru/data/2020/05/07/1544135594/Технические%20требования%20к%20ПК%20студента.pdf). Для участия в экзамене студент обязан: заранее зайти на платформу прокторинга, провести тест системы, включить камеру и микрофон, подтвердить личность. Во время экзамена студентам запрещено: общаться (в социальных сетях, с людьми в комнате), списывать, использовать заметки и справочные материалы (книги, шпаргалки, записи в бумажном и электронном виде), любые гаджеты (сотовые телефоны, пейджеры, калькуляторы, планшеты), дополнительные мониторы и компьютерную технику, кроме той, что непосредственно используется для экзамена, открывать вкладки браузера (Яндекс, Google и др.). Кратковременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается прерывание связи до 10 минут. Долговременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается прерывание связи 10 минут и более. При долговременном нарушении связи студент не может продолжить участие в экзамене. Процедура пересдачи аналогична процедуре сдачи.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.1 * Assignment + 0.4 * Examination + 0.1 * Test Unit 2 + 0.1 * Test Unit 3 + 0.1 * Test Unit 4 + 0.1 * Test Unit 5 + 0.1 * Test Unit1
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Nejmaoui, N. (2019). Improving EFL Learners’ Critical Thinking Skills in Argumentative Writing. English Language Teaching, 12(1), 98–109. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1200049
  • Wang, S. (2017). An Exploration into Research on Critical Thinking and Its Cultivation: An Overview. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.37D797A8

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Erdogan, F. (2019). Effect of Cooperative Learning Supported by Reflective Thinking Activities on Students’ Critical Thinking Skills. Eurasian Journal of Educational Research, (80), 89–112. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1211625