Critical Thinking for Engineers

Course aims

To tackle increasingly difficult engineering problems, engineers require more than just technical knowledge. To this end, there is a need for engineers to develop their critical thinking and abstract thought to complement their technical expertise. The course introduces students to critical thinking from an engineer’s perspective. The primary focus is on the process of conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication. Finally, the course provides critical reading strategies necessary to acquire the best available information – the most accurate, most unbiased, most comprehensive, and most current.

Target group

Doctoral students, young researchers


B1/B1+ (level of English)

Course content

Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • apply critical thinking in the context of problem-solving;
  • break down the problem into parts and find the relationships between them;
  • analyze and evaluate the problem to find the best engineering solution;
  • transform data into decision-quality information;
  • present ideas, courses of action, and recommendations clearly and precisely;
  • think logically and critically.

  • Elena Bazanova, PhD, associate professor

    Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

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