Critical and Creative Thinking - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Questions on topics 1 to 4 (30%) , Assignment 2 - Questions on topics 5 to 8 (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Achieving a high level of critical and creative thinking is one of the most important goals of a university education.

This unit aims to enhance the thinking and communication skills that are fundamental to all of your academic studies.

Employers in most professions and industries regard these abilities as essential.

Effective thinking demands rigorous analysis, imagination and insight.

In this unit you will develop and practise these skills and learn how to structure a successful, systematically reasoned essay. 

On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

  1. use expository and argumentative English correctly and clearly;
  2. contribute effectively and confidently to discussions;
  3. identify and reconstruct the forms of reasoning used in a wide range of everyday and academic contexts, including implicit assumptions and implications;
  4. identify common fallacies in different styles of reasoning;
  5. construct and evaluate the success of arguments you encounter in books, articles and discussions;
  6. write your essays with confidence, based on knowledge of how to structure a successful argument.
  • Assignment 1 — Questions on topics 1 to 4 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Questions on topics 5 to 8 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Invigilated examination (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Critical Thinking: What is it?
2Logical, Illogical and Non-logical in the Learning Guide AND Orientation from textbook
3Textbook Ch. 1: Recognizing Arguments
4Textbook Ch. 2: Analyzing Arguments
5Textbook Ch. 5: More Valid Argument Forms
6Textbook Ch. 9: Definition
7Chapter 2: Logic: Deductive Validity from Bowell & Kemp, Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide, 2nd ed.
8Textbook Ch. 3: Evaluating Arguments
9Textbook Ch. 6: Causal Analysis
10Textbook Ch. 11: Reasonable Beliefs
11Textbook Ch. 8: Fallacies
12Textbook Ch. 12: Rules for Writing AND Category Mistakes in the Learning Guide

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • The Elements of Reasoning


    ISBN: 9781305585935


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