Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme:Bachelor Mechatronics Fulltime
Type of degree:FH BachelorĀ“s Degree Programme
 Winter Semester 2021

Course unit titleCritical Thinking
Course unit code024515056105
Language of instructionEnglish
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is deliveredWinter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week1
Year of study2021
Level of course unit (e.g. first, second or third cycle)First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated2
Name of lecturer(s)Roland PETERSTORFER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

English as offered in the previous semesters.

Course content

The course starts with a portrait of Andre Geim, nobel prize physicist of the year 2010 and a paragon of a critical thinker. His person serves to discuss the characteristics of critical thinkers, which are then worked on in a written assignment. 

Then a number of aspects of Critical Thinking like deduction, induction, syllogisms and assumptions are introduced to show the use of logic in our language. 

These can then be used to generate successful problem solution texts or arguments.

Learning outcomes

Students will be equipped with a variety of techniques to think creatively and critically for both the academic and working world. They will be able to see the weaknesses and strengths of arguments and learn to apply these skills in their own work. As a result, they will also be able to find logical and coherent solutions to problems and develop sound arguments.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Seminars and practical exercises.

Assessment methods and criteria

TWO short written assignments based on seminar content (one character description and one argument) and submitted during the semester by the deadline as set at the beginning of the course. ONE written test.


Active participation and an open mind on part of the students are essential for making this course successful and enjoyable.

Recommended or required reading

Material will be provided on ILIAS or distributed by the lecturer.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face to face seminars with compulsory attendance. In case of absence read study regulations, page 9.

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