DePaul University

Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving for Managers & Leaders

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About the course

If you are looking for fresh approaches to solving problems and generating ideas, this course will provide you with an essential toolkit. You’ll learn and practice a systematic process for thinking critically, putting you in position to make decisions at the executive level.

Your decisions can become more effective with the skills you’ll develop in this course, including evaluating evidence, identifying fallacies, constructing convincing arguments, and selecting relevant information.


By the end of this course, you will:

  • Enhance problem solving skills
  • Understand the elements of critical thinking
  • Analyze thought processes with regard to biases
  • Develop a well-structured argument
  • Choose the right information to make decisions
  • Identify ambiguity, assumptions and fallacies in an argument
  • Evaluate the quality of the evidence presented in an argument
  • Create a process for effectively controlling group interactions and decision-making


Session 1 - Critical Thinking Elements

  • Introductions, course requirements, syllabus clarification
  • Why think and why think critically
  • How does critical thinking differ from normal thinking
  • Critical thinking elements

Session 2 – Ambiguity, Assumptions and Flawed Reasoning

  • Define ambiguity
  • Importance of assumptions and the problems with them
  • Factors of flawed reasoning
  • In-class activity – editorial analysis
  • Journaling and the importance in developing critical thinking skills

Session 3 – Fallacies and Evidence

  • What are fallacies
  • Common fallacies and their use in our daily actions
  • Controversial subject will be presented to the class

Session 4 – Argument, Rival Causes, Purposeful Omissions

  • What constitutes an argument
  • How to create a sound argument
  • Looking for rival causes
  • Effectiveness of omissions
  • DVD presentation and discussion – 12 Angry Men

Session 5 – Reasonable Conclusions, Team Presentations

  • Lessons of critical thinking
  • Next steps in becoming a critical thinker
  • Activities you can undertake to become a better decision maker
  • Team debate
  • Wrap-up

Who should attend

This program is ideal for salespeople, marketers, data analysts, software developers, process designers, healthcare administrators, middle managers, project managers.

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