This course aims to help students think critically through ideas and communicate them effectively. Relevance to engineering practice will be emphasized. Ideas/claims/assertions/inferences are value driven and their successful communication is structured on sound reasoning and convincing expression. In the course, students will learn critical thinking skills through interaction with and rigorous analysis of various written texts. They will assess the ideas of others and develop their own, support them convincingly and convey them effectively in a critique and research paper.