EGR 190

Principles of Critical Thinking in Technology





A required course for all students entering the Computer Engineering Technology program.  The primary aim of this course is to give students what they need to survive in a rapidly changing world.  Much of Classical education focuses on memorizing facts and testing the student's ability to  recall these facts on demand.  Critical Thinking enables the student to use facts and previous life experience to obtain solutions to new situations.

Technology students will find this approach  necessary in developing "trouble shooting" skills.  Business students will find it important for doing cost/benefit analysis and students of other disciplines will find "learning how to think" a tremendous asset to their lives.





High school graduate.




Upon completion of this course, students should have a better understanding of  how to approach solutions to problems in the technologies.  They will also develop an ability to read and listen with clear understanding and comprehension of the stated facts.


1.        History and Overview of Critical Thinking in Technology

2.        Intellectual Standards and Assessment

3.        Grasping Connections and Seeing Contrast

4.        Using critical thinking to enhance problem solving

a. as applied to technical trouble shooting.

b. as applied to cost/benefit analysis

c. as applied to reading comprehension and listening





Lecture, group problem solving activities,  and exams.




1.        Critical Thinking: Fundamental to Education for a Free Society

a. relative to our new technical world view

2.        Critical Thinking: the Nature of Prejudice

a. relative to technical trouble shooting

i.                     Don't confuse me with facts my mind's made up.

ii.                    What you see is what you get.

b. relative to cost/benefit analysis

c. relative to understanding what is said and read

3.  Dialogical and Dialectical Thinking

4.  Socratic Questioning

5.  self-deception, World Views, and a Dialectical Mode of Analysis

6.  Critical Thinking in:

a.       Science

b.      Rational productivity





Textbooks: Critical Thinking -- Revised 2nd edition -- Richard Paul

                   Engineering Problem Solving- McGraw-Hill

 Arvid R. Eide, Roland D. Jenison,Lane    Mashaw, Larry Northup


This course is consistent with Montgomery County Community College’s mission  and educational goals.



Prepared by:             H. Thomas Tucker, Jr.                    Date:             March 16, 1999