Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking courses are designed so that students will be able to organize, interpret, and evaluate evidence and ideas within and across disciplines; draw reasoned inferences and defensible conclusions; and solve problems and make decisions based on analytical processes.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate mastery of the Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking general education core competency by being able to:

  • Identifying Arguments: Identify issues, evidence and reasoning processes; distinguish facts from opinion; recognize various types of arguments.
  • Formulating arguments: Formulating good arguments, including a significant focus on inductive reasoning.
  • Analysis: Break subject matter into components, and identify their interrelations to ascertain the defining features of the work and their contributions to the whole.
  • Evaluation: Identify assumptions, assessing the quality and reliability of sources of evidence, and demonstrating knowledge of the criteria for evaluating the success of each kind of inference.
  • Synthesis: Draw together disparate claims into a coherent whole in order to arrive at well-reasoned and well‐supported inferences that can be justified as a conclusion.
Assessment

Basic Assessment Rubric: http://www.ct.edu/files/pdfs/tap-outcome-critical-thinking.pdf

2017-18 Course List

The following Middlesex Community College courses are designated as fulfilling the Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking general education core competency.  (For full course descriptions, hover over the “Dept. Numbers” below.)

Number Course Title
ACC*100 Basic Accounting
ACC*115 Financial Accounting (no longer offered at MxCC)
ACC*118 Managerial Accounting (no longer offered at MxCC)
ACC*271 Intermediate Accounting I
ACC*272 Intermediate Accounting II
BBG*101 Introduction to Business
BBG*125 The Future and Business Organizations
BBG*135 Exploring Business & Technology Careers
BBG*215 Global Business
BBG*231 Business Law I (added for 2017-18 Catalog)
BBG*232 Business Law II (added for 2017-18 Catalog)
BBG*234 Legal Environment of Business (added for 2017-18 Catalog)
BBG*294 Business Internship
BBG*295 Cooperative Work Experience
BES*118 Small Business Management
BFN*201 Principles of Finance (added for 2017-18 Catalog)
BMG*202 Principles of Management
BMG*204 Managerial Communications
BMG*210 Principles of Organizational Behavior
BMG*220 Human Resource Management
BMK*103 Principles of Selling (added for 2017-18 Catalog)
BMK*106 Principles of Selling
BMK*201 Principles of Marketing
BMK*216 Internet Marketing
BMK*230 Advertising and Promotion
CJS*211 Criminal Law I
CJS*212 Criminal Law II
CJS*213 Evidence and Criminal Procedure
CJS*294 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
CSA*135 Spreadsheet Applications
CSA*140 Database Applications
CSA*205 Advanced Applications
CSC*115  Introduction to Programming with Alice
CSC*205 Visual Basic I
CSC*231 Database Design I
CSC*262 Programming Mobile Devices I
CSC*295 Coop Ed/Work Experience
CST*120 Introduction to Operating Systems
CST*141 Computer Hardware
CST*163 Windows Server Administration
CST*201 Introduction to Management Information Systems
CST*228 Voice and Data Interworking
CST*231 Data Communication and Networking
CST*270 Network Security Fundamentals
EAS*106 Natural Disasters
ECN*101 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECN*102 Principles of Microeconomics
ECN*220 International Economics
ENG*102 Literature and Composition
ENG*110  Introduction to Literature
ENG*200 Advanced Composition
ENG*202 Technical Writing
ENG*210 Fiction
ENG*211 Short Story
ENG*213 Poetry
ENG*214 Drama
ENG*218 Autobiography
ENG*220 Studies in American Literature
ENG*221 American Literature I
ENG*222 American Literature II
ENG*231 British Literature I
ENG*232 British Literature II
ENG*233 Shakespeare I
ENG*234 Shakespeare II
ENG*262 Women in Literature
ENG*291 Mythology
ENG*298 Special Topics in English
EVS*100 Introduction to Environmental Science
EVS*111 Environmental Science Laboratory
HIM*205 Medical Coding 1
HIM*206 Medical Coding 2
HIM*295 Health Information Management Internship
HON 101 Honors Seminar
HON 102 Honors Seminar II
HON 202 Honors Capstone Project
MAT*104 Quantitative Reasoning
MAT*141 Number Systems
MAT*146 Math for the Liberal Arts
PHL*101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL*111 Ethics
PHL*131  Logic
PHL*145 Sustainable Living
PHL*151 World Religions
PHL*199 Special Topics in Philosophy

 

Additional Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking courses
for students who took certain courses prior to the Fall 2017 semester

The following Middlesex Community College courses were previously designated as fulfilling the Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking general education core competency. Students matriculating in 2017-18 and later may not use these courses to fulfill the Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking general education core competency.  Alternate general education choices are provided in the list below.  (For full course descriptions, hover over the underlined Numbers below)

Number Course Title
BBG*115 Business Software Applications
Gen Ed Competencies: Continuing Learning/ Information Literacy, Oral Communication in English
CSC*105 Programming Logic
Gen Ed Competency: Scientific Reasoning
CSC*220 Object Oriented Programming Using JAVA
Gen Ed Competency: Scientific Reasoning
ECE*101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Gen Ed Competency: Continuing Learning/ Information Literacy
ECE*103 Creative Art Experiences for Children
Program Requirement for Early Childhood Education
ECE*131  Children’s Literature
Gen Ed Competency: Continuing Learning/ Information Literacy
ECE*141 Infant/Toddler Growth & Development
Program Requirement for Early Childhood Education
ECE*176 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Program Requirement for Early Childhood Education
ECE*180 CDA Preparation Course
Program Requirement for Early Childhood Education
ECE*182 Child Development
Program Requirement for Early Childhood Education
EGR*111 Introduction to Engineering
Gen Ed Competencies: Scientific Knowledge & Understanding, Scientific Reasoning
EGR*211 Applied Mechanics I (Statics)
Gen Ed Competencies: Scientific Knowledge & Understanding, Scientific Reasoning
EGR*212 Applied Mechanics II (Dynamics)
Gen Ed Competencies: Scientific Knowledge & Understanding, Scientific Reasoning
EGR*214 Engineering Thermodynamics
Gen Ed Competencies: Scientific Knowledge & Understanding, Scientific Reasoning
EGR*221 Introduction to Electric Circuit Analysis
Gen Ed Competencies: Scientific Knowledge & Understanding, Scientific Reasoning
ENG*101 Composition
Gen Ed Competency: Written Communication in English
ENG*101E Composition (Embedded)
Gen Ed Competency: Written Communication in English
GLG*120 Dynamic Earth
Gen Ed Competencies: Scientific Knowledge & Understanding, Scientific Reasoning
HLT*160
SOC*160
Introduction to Public Health
Gen Ed Competencies: Scientific Reasoning, Social Phenomena