units

ATS2946

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhilosophy
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sam Butchart (on-campus); Dr Monima Chadha (off-campus)

Synopsis

This unit is intended to improve students' critical thinking skills. In particular, we focus on the skills involved in argument analysis. We will address the essential features of good arguments and how they can be articulated and represented. We will also examine the many ways in which reasoning can go wrong and how to avoid them. While we will focus on some of the theory of successful thinking, our main focus will be the practical techniques necessary for you to reason more effectively. Students completing the unit successfully will be better at evaluating evidence, critiquing arguments, and will be able to use these abilities in a wide variety of future studies.

Outcomes

Students successfully completing this subject should:

  1. have a theoretical understanding of what an argument is
  2. have developed the skills to extract the arguments from a variety of texts
  3. be able to identify and represent the structure of an argument
  4. understand the criteria of argument success and have the skills to apply those criteria to evaluate a variety of arguments
  5. have developed the skills to evaluate some common types of argument.

Assessment

Written work: 75%
Test: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours of contact per week, plus 10 hours of private study per week.
Off-campus: Recommended Workshops, plus 10 hours of private study per week.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prohibitions

ATS1833