|PROGRAMME:||BACHELOR (HONS) DEGREE PROGRAMME|
|CODE & COURSE:||BEL 462: READING AND CRITICAL THINKING
|CREDIT HOURS: 2||CONTACT HOURS: 2 hours per week|
|DURATION: 14 weeks||PRE-REQUISITE: COLLEGE ENGLISH (if coming in from STPM/Matriculation)|
This course is designed to develop students' ability to read analytically and think critically. It focuses on the relationship between reading and critical thinking and provides students with a structured method for interpreting content and organization of written texts. Tasks and activities suggested are discipline-based.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Apply reading and critical thinking skills to understand and logically analyze ideas and problems encountered in academic reading.
- Comprehend, analyze and critically evaluate arguments and opinions.
- Identify facts, concepts, evidence and relationships that contribute to addressing questions and solving problems.
- Ask analytical questions about materials read.
• Identifying theses and implied main ideas in texts
• Identifying purpose and tone
• Distinguishing between fact and opinion
• Identifying logical reasoning: deductive and inductive reasoning
• Evaluating implications
• Recognizing and evaluating arguments
• Detecting bias
• Asking questions which analyze, hypothesize and evaluate the materials read
Pass Mark : 50% (Grade C)
PRESCRIBED TEXTS :
Elder, J. (2004). Exercise your College Reading Skills. NY: McGraw-Hill.
Spears, D. M. (2006). Developing Critical Reading Skills (7th ed.). 'NY: McGraw-Hill.
Summers, D. (Ed.) (2005). Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (^ ed.). London: Pearson Education.
Browne, M. N. & Keeley, S. M. (2004). Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Diestler, S. (2005). Becoming a Critical Thinker: A User Friendly Manual. (4th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Lunsford, A., Ruskiewicz, J., Ruskiewicz, J. J. and Walters, K. (2004). Everything's an Argument, Bedford St. Martins: Coursepak.