BTC140 Course Outline

Course Code: BTC140
Course Name: Critical Thinking and Writing
Offered Date: Winter - 2018 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This course focuses on critical thinking and the rhetorical elements of both persuasive and evaluative forms of writing. Students will learn to differentiate between shades of fact and opinion, objectivity and bias, and to apply the techniques of sound argument for a variety of purposes. The main elements of effective communication and research techniques will also be examined. Techniques explored and skills developed in this course are applied throughout all courses during the 4 years of the program.
Credit Status: Mandatory course in the computer software development program
Prerequisite: None
Mode of Instruction: 4 hours interactive lecture per week.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to

- apply all elements of critical thinking to their reading and writing
- organize topics into categories and sub-categories within a hierarchy and develop titles where appropriate
- prioritize material and sequence it appropriately
- respond appropriately to diversity of opinion and conflicting points of view
- avoid, through recognition, bias and logical fallacies
Topic Outline:
  •     Introduction to Modes of Discourse
  •     Ways of Thinking Writing Workshop
  •     Self and Nature
  •     Language and Culture; Cause and Effect
  •     Cultural Critique
  •     History
  •     Science
  •     Philosophy
  •     Politics
  •     Ethics
Prescribed Text(s):
  • The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Expository Prose: Shorter 10th Edition Authors: Brereton, Hartman, Peterson Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company ISBN: 0393973832
Reference Material:
  •     A good dictionary
  •     A grammar and rhetoric handbook
Promotion Policy:

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Team Debating 10%
Final Exam 30%
Essay (Take-home) 20%
Essay (In-class) 15%
Written Summaries (2) 25%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
Cheating and Plagiarism:
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.
Discrimination and Harassment:
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.
Accomodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

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