PHIL102 The Art of Good Thinking

Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HUMS101

the unit contains a large number of graphic representations

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Arcady Blinov (
Unit Description

Good thinking is rigorous thinking and it is both critical and creative. In this unit 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 unit aims at developing basic skills in argument analysis and evaluation, and the skills involved in creating one's own arguments.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Exercise 1 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Online exercise

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1 GA: 1,2,4,5,6

Exercise 2 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Skills based and short answer questions

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-3 GA: 1,2,4,5,6

Exercise 3 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Skills based and short answer questions.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-3 GA: 1,2,4,5,6

Exercise 4 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Skills based and short answer questions.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-4 GA: 1,2,4,5,6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. identify and analyse arguments in academic and everyday contexts;
  2. apply appropriate theoretical concepts to evaluate arguments as a pathway for further learning;
  3. apply critical thinking skills to recognise and avoid flawed reasoning; and
  4. independently and satisfactorily apply all these good thinking skills to dealing with real life complex arguments.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students will develop skills in critically thinking and improve the basic academic skills through their assessment tasks.

True True True
Communication Skills

Students will be taught communication skills through written feedback on the assessments for the unit. Students will learn valuable communication skills through participation in tutorials and online discussions. Students will be assessed on the style of writing, clarity of writing, expression and development of ideas, and referencing.

True True True
Global Perspectives

Students confront different worlds and cultures in everything they study so this attribute is inevitably practised.

Information Literacy

Students will be directed to relevant literature and taught how to assess its validity. Students will be assessed on their ability to identify and critically analyse the relevant literature.

True True
Life-Long Learning

Students will be introduced to concepts and approaches which build upon students' prior experience and will contribute to other studies of other contexts. It emphasises skills in analysis and evaluation of arguments which will be usable in any area of future learning.

True True
Problem Solving

Students develop abilities to identify significant issues and themes, to explain their significance, and to present 'solutions' in terms of relevant interpretations.

True True True
Social Responsibility

Students will further develop an appreciation of the impact of social change; recognise social justice issues relevant to their discipline and professional area; demonstrate responsibility to the community.

Team Work

On-campus students will be encouraged to develop team-work skills through their participation in tutorial work. Off-campus students will have the opportunity for the development of such team work through participation in an online discussion forum.