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Critical and Creative Thinking (PHL131)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description 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.
Unit Learning Outcomes 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.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Assessment Internal students:
Two short tests: 25% each
A take-home exam: 35%
Tutorial Participation: 15%
External students:
Two assignments: 30% and 40% respectively
Exam: 30%
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Philosophy (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Philosophy
Appears in these Minors Ethics
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Lubica Ucnik
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2313
e: L.Ucnik@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.055 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Lubica Ucnik
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2313
e: L.Ucnik@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.055 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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