DMS179 - Critical Thinking

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Subject Title
Critical Thinking

Subject Description
This course gives students the opportunity to sharpen your critical thinking skills. It helps students to recognize how their own hidden assumptions, values, and biases affect your decision making. In this collaborative environment, students analyze the manipulative techniques used by individuals, vested interest groups, and the media. Students learn how to identify false and misleading arguments. Finally, students have an opportunity to construct and evaluate their own arguments using critical and creative thinking strategies.

Credit Status
One general education credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Reframe information into the standard components of an argument.

2. Engage in ongoing self-assessment to determine how your own values, assumptions, and biases affect your decision-making.

3. Use deductive arguments to express an opinion.

4. Evaluate statistical evidence and survey results as quoted in the media, advertisements, etc.

5. Detect reasoning errors expressed in the writing of others that are trying to mislead us.

6. Detect the devices used by television and the print media to influence our decision-making.

7. Write well-organized and supported written arguments advocating ideas and positions about issues that are important in our society today.

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 for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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

Accommodation 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.

EAC150 College English
DMS106 Principles of Ethical Reasoning

Topic Outline

  • Parts of an argument
  • Writing arguments
  • Value systems in Western society
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Facts and opinions
  • Hidden assumptions
  • Criteria for sound scientific research
  • Cause and effect
  • Reasoning errors 

Mode of Instruction
This subject is delivered online.  This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructors, and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
Diestler, S. Becoming a Critical Thinker, Fifth Edition, Prentice-Hall Inc.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Online Quizzes 20%
Creation of three arguments relating to current social/political issues 5%
Values analysis assignment 5%
Assumption assignment 5%
Major written assignment in which an argument and a rebuttal
are prepared on a current social/political issue
Online Final Examination 50%

Note: Seneca College's grading policy applies to online subjects.

All academic policies of the College at which you registerted apply.  This includes but is not limited to, policies related to grading supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

The final exam must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered.  If y ou are unable to do so, please make alternate arrangements through the College at which you registered.

Expected English Competencies: 

The ability to communicate in writing is essential for success in all business subjects. All written work must display the following characteristics of clarity and conciseness: 
  • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar 
  • spelling and punctuation are correct 
  • appropriate vocabulary is used 
  • sentences are structured correctly 
  • main points are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
  • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs 
  • work is arranged in correct format (i.e., reports, essays) 
  • layout is attractively displayed.
Up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all written work if the above mentioned expected English competencies are not met. 

A student must successfully complete all major segments of a subject to earn a passing grade. To achieve a successful grade, a student must pass the final exam or assignment. Permission to write missed tests or submissions of late assignments will be granted only under extenuating circumstances and with the provision of appropriate documentation such as a medical certificate. 

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified.  Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action be established.  Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two sessions after the assignment due date.

The College's Academic Policy will prevail regarding Academic Honesty.

Assignments will be marked on the basis of an appropriate standard of research, content, organizaton of material and presentation.  Assignments are to be grammatically correct and typewritten or prepared by computer.

Students are expected to demonstrate a professional level of communication skills both verbally and in their written work.


Approved by: Barb Shannon