I enrolled in CVEN 665 to increase my knowledge of practical applications of systems theory and to further my knowledge of model development, evaluation and optimization. In addition to this course I an also enrolled in a course focused on conceptual model development and modeling system interactions. My hope is that while my other courses will further my understanding of how to develop the "big picture" of a systems model, this course will help me to understand the functions required to make models useful as predictive tools.
To me critical thinking, or critical analysis, is the ability to deconstruct the individual pieces of a statement and to evaluate the each piece on its and in the context of the larger overall statement. This process allows for a more thorough analysis of the statement and can provide insights into the creators biases and intents. A good introductory book on the subject of critical analysis is "The Art of Deception" by Nick Capaldi.