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Approx. 17 hours to complete
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Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), English, Spanish

Learner Career Outcomes

50%

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33%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level
Approx. 17 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), English, Spanish

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

15 minutes to complete

Welcome to the Course

15 minutes to complete
1 video (Total 5 min), 1 reading
1 reading
Course Logistics (Start Here)10m
6 hours to complete

Inductive Arguments

6 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 129 min)
9 videos
Generalizations from Samples9m
When are Generalizations Strong?20m
Applying Generalizations17m
Another Example of Applying Generalizations (Optional)16m
Inference to the Best Explanation8m
Which Explanation Is Best?14m
A Student Example of Inference to the Best Explanation8m
Arguments from Analogy18m
8 practice exercises
What Is Induction?24m
Generalizations from Samples10m
When are Generalizations Strong?24m
Applying Generalizations24m
Inference to the Best Explanation20m
Which Explanation Is Best?20m
A Student Example: Inference to the Best Explanation6m
Arguments from Analogy30m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Causal Reasoning

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 100 min)
9 videos
Negative Sufficient Condition Tests9m
Positive Sufficient Condition Tests10m
Negative Necessary Condition Tests4m
Positive Necessary Condition Tests6m
Complex Conditions11m
Correlation Versus Causation20m
Causal Fallacies5m
A Student Example: Causal Reasoning About Chocolate15m
8 practice exercises
Causal Reasoning24m
Negative Sufficient Condition Tests22m
Positive Sufficient Condition Tests6m
Negative Necessary Condition Tests20m
Positive Necessary Condition Tests4m
Complex Conditions18m
Correlation Versus Causation14m
Causal Fallacies8m
Week
3

Week 3

6 hours to complete

Chance and Choice

6 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 117 min)
10 videos
What Is Probability?8m
Negation2m
Conjunction12m
Disjunction9m
Series6m
Bayes Theorem (Optional)28m
Expected Financial Value13m
Expected Overall Value10m
The Sausage Argument: A Student Argument About Decision Making13m
9 practice exercises
Why Probability Matters8m
What Is Probability?18m
Negation14m
Conjunction30m
Disjunction32m
Series8m
Bayes Theorem (Optional)42m
Expected Financial Value18m
Expected Overall Value10m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Catch-Up and Final Quiz

1 hour to complete
1 practice exercise
Final Quiz1h

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“Somewhere in the first couple weeks of the course, I was ruminating over some concept or perhaps over one of the homework exercises and suddenly it occurred to me, "'Is this what thinking is?" Just to clarify, I come from a thinking family and have thought a lot about various concepts and issues throughout my life and career...but somehow I realized that, even though I seemed to be thinking all the time, I hadn't been doing this type of thinking for quite some time...so, thanks!”

    

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