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Spring 2011     ENG 205 Critical Thinking (3 units)

Section 4355     Class Begins January 24, 2011
Section 4358     Class Begins January 24, 2011

Course Description

Basic forms of critical evaluation and reasoning, with instruction in the techniques of writing a sequence of argumentative essays; identification of the parts of arguments; identification and analysis of issues and assumptions; distinction or inductive and deductive methods; formal and informal fallacies.
AA/AS area D2; CSU area A3; IGETC area 1B

  • Instructor:  Bart Rawlinson
  • Email:
    After class has started, please use Etudes Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information:   Thinking Critically by John Chaffee, 9th Edition. ISBN: 13: 978-0-618-94719-5 Approximate cost: $100
  • Estimated Time per Week:  Students can expect to spend approximately 8 to 12 hours per week reading, writing, and taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes the first day of class (1/24).
  • Assignments & Tests: see syllabus
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the Etudes program. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails, and work independently.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Login ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021045
Username = joga21045

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411