PHIL 1101

Course No. and Title:

PHIL 1101 Critical Thinking

Credit Value:

Three (3) credit hours

Benefits of the course

  • This course aims at understanding and applying the principles of good reasoning.
  • It attempts to develop the students’ interpretive skills, so that they appreciate the complexities of natural language.  They become familiar with issues of clarity, distinctions between arguments and other kinds of linguistic usage, and between different types of argument.
  • It attempts to develop the students’ evaluative skills by identifying various methods of explaining an argument’s strength or weakness, as well as common fallacies and irrational techniques of persuasion.
  • The approach taken to the evaluation of the students’ work is designed to facilitate one-on-one student-instructor dialogue and to enrich the students’ learning experience.
  • The materials include the instructor’s note on each chapter in the text.


Course Author:

Ahmad Rahmanian, PhD
Department of Philosophy
University of New Brunswick - Fredericton

Office Location: Carleton Hall
Phone: (506) 458-7503


Course Features:

The course materials include a textbook and the instructor’s notes on each topic.  The approach taken to the evaluation of the students’ work is designed to facilitate one-on-one student-instructor dialogue and to enrich the students’ learning experience.  To enhance the interactive process, there is also a forum for the exchange of ideas.

Course Format:

The course covers 10 topics, including Meaning, Definition, Reconstructing and Assessing Arguments, Deductive and Inductive Reasoning, Arguing Back, and Irrational Techniques of Persuasion.

Course Text:

William Hughes & Jonathan Lavery, Critical Thinking: an introduction to the basic skills, 5th edition (Broadview Press, 2008)

Textbooks can be ordered from the UNB Fredericton Bookstore:

Assignments & Examinations:

The assessment is based on 9 sets of discussions, 10 sets of tasks, a midterm test, and a final exam.  The discussions and tasks cover the entire course, the midterm covers the first few topics, and the final the rest of the topics.  The discussions and tasks require paragraph answers, the midterm is multiple-choice, and the final is multiple-choice and short-answer questions.  The students will have two hours to complete the midterm and three hours the final.  Both the midterm and the final are supervised; they will be scheduled by each student separately online.  The four components of the assessment are weighted as follows:

Discussion participation


Midterm test

Final online exam





All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Time Limit: 6 months from registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date of your course.

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
More information on fees for this course.

Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
Cash (Do not send in the mail. Please deliver to the College of Extended Learning, 2nd Level, Wu Centre, UNB Fredericton Campus)
Cheque or money order (Mail to UNB College of Extended Learning, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3)
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If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.