BTC140 - Critical Thinking and Writing

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Subject Title
Critical Thinking and Writing

Subject 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

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

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

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.

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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.