The Art of Good Thinking
Get an introduction to the foundational principles of critical thinking. Appreciate how they can be applied both in daily life, and to university study. Develop skills in analysis and evaluation. Learn to construct and deconstruct an argument.
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- identify and analyse arguments in academic and everyday contexts;
- apply appropriate theoretical concepts to evaluate arguments as a pathway for further learning;
- apply critical thinking skills to recognise and avoid flawed reasoning; and
- independently and satisfactorily apply all these good thinking skills to dealing with real life complex arguments
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects moodle site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Overview Notes
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
No eligibility requirements
- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations)
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It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete their subjects.
UNE's minimum requirements for all students in relation to the hardware and software a student requires to support their learning are found at: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
Good thinking is rigorous thinking and it is both critical and creative. In this subject students are introduced to the foundational principles of critical thinking, which are as much applicable in any university course as they are in everyday life. To this end, the subject aims at developing basic skills in argument analysis and evaluation, and the skills involved in creating one's own arguments.
This subject has three assessments which are skills-based and short answer questions. They are 1500 words each and all relate to Learning Outcomes (LO): 1-4
- Skills-based & short answer questions 1 (33% %)
- Skills-based & short answer questions 2 (33% %)
- Skills-based & short answer questions 3 (34%%)