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PROGRAMME: BACHELOR (HONS) DEGREE PROGRAMME
CODE & COURSE: BEL 462: READING AND CRITICAL THINKING
(DEGREE Level)
CREDIT HOURS: 2 CONTACT HOURS: 2 hours per week
DURATION: 14 weeks PRE-REQUISITE: COLLEGE ENGLISH (if coming in from STPM/Matriculation)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

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.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

    1. Apply reading and critical thinking skills to understand and logically analyze ideas and problems encountered in academic reading.
    2. Comprehend, analyze and critically evaluate arguments and opinions.
    3. Identify facts, concepts, evidence and relationships that contribute to addressing questions and solving problems.
    4. Ask analytical questions about materials read.

COURSE CONTENT:

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

ASSESSMENT:

On-Going Assessment
  • Mid-semester examination
  • Graded Assignment
 

40%

20%

60%

Final Examination

 

40%
TOTAL
  100%

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.

 

 

REFERENCES


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.

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