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Revision Date: 15-Jun-21

INT-1017-VO01F - Critical Thinking & Creative Problem Solving

Flex Class

Flex courses are online courses with flexible assignment submission, allowing students to manage their completion pace during the semester. Flex courses remain open for enrollment throughout the first half of the semester. Flex course enrollment for Fall 2021 ends on October 29.

Synonym: 207921
Location: Online
Credits: 1
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-07-2021 to 12-20-2021
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-27-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-08-2021 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Fern Fryer | View Faculty Credentials
Open Seats/Section Limit: 15/17 (as of 07-28-21 10:05 AM)

Course Description:

This course explores the process of inquiry and problem solving through critical and creative thinking. Topics covered will include identifying and assessing data, convergent and divergent thinking, challenging assumptions, and using critical and creative thinking to evaluate arguments and solve problems.

Essential Objectives:

1. Distinguish between convergent and divergent thinking and how each is applied in the research process.
2. Distinguish appropriate authoritative and credible information sources based on the topic of interest.
3. Critically analyze data sets to identify patterns and formulate questions.
4. Identify and challenge assumptions that may interfere with problem-solving.
5. Employ logic and reasoning to evaluate arguments, draw conclusions, and make recommendations for improvement.


This course provides an introduction to the elements of critical thinking and problem solving. Critical thinking is not just a 21st century skill. It has always been important to think critically about the information we take in, to analyze it, evaluate its credibility and use that knowledge to make informed decisions about the situations we face and solve problems that arise. What has changed is the amount and accessibility of information. In the last few decades, the increasing sophistication of the internet and the rise of social media as a primary means of communication have made the ability to think critically an even more vital skill.

We’ll be partnering with Education Design Lab to help you earn 21stCentury Skills Badges, specifically Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving.

This is a self-paced course. The pattern for each module is: overview & objectives, lecture, readings/resources, demonstrate your learning (a discussion forum), assignment and/or assessment for the badges.

Module topics:

1. Divergent and Convergent Thinking

2. Gather and Assess Relevant Information

3. Identify Patterns and Assumptions

4. Manage Ambiguity and Question Assumptions

5.Thinking Logically and Creatively to Draw Conclusions


Demonstrate Your Learning Forums

Assignments 20%
Badge Assessments 50%


INT-1017-VO01F Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Evelyn Fryer
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center.
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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