Course Summary
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1 week (40 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 Critical Thinking or Humanities


The course objective is to teach students how to think through problems, develop solutions, and critically assess those solutions. The course begins with an introduction to creative thinking and how to generate ideas through group brainstorming activities. Students will also be exposed to the principles of critical thinking and how learning occurs through a cognitive process as articulated in Bloom's Taxonomy. Students will learn about biases and explore how biases can affect intelligence reporting, intelligence analysis, and decision making. Students will learn the fundamentals of symbolic logic as well as several logical fallacies. During practical applications, students will be immersed in a rich, complex scenario that closely resembles real-world mission sets. They will encounter biased reporting and see how it can distort analysis and affect mission planning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify biases in intelligence analysis
  • And identify fallacies in intelligence analysis, products, and reporting
  • Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the fundamentals of the Marine Corps Intelligence doctrine
  • Apply creative thinking tools to intelligence analysis
  • Apply critical thinking to intelligence analysis
  • Products and reporting, analyze, and make logical arguments

General Course Topics:

  • Critical and creative thinking tools and techniques
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

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Supplemental Materials