PHILO103-18B (TGA)

Critical Thinking

15 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Social Sciences
Philosophy

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: paula.maynard@waikato.ac.nz

Placement Coordinator(s)

Tutor(s)

: paul.hubble@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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The paper is designed to help students to improve their skills in identifying, interpreting, analysing, and evaluating arguments. These skills are useful both in other university papers and in the wider world.
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Paper Structure

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As well as attending a two-hour lecture each week, students are expected to attend a one-hour tutorial each week starting in Week 1. Tutorial participation is worth 15% of the final mark for the paper. Completing tutorial worksheets is a very good way of developing and practicing critical thinking skills.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Identify an argument
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  • Interpret an argument
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  • Analyse the structure of an argument
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  • Evaluate an argument
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Assessment

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In addition to the assessment items listed below, there will be a make-up quiz on October 12. If your mark for the make-up quiz is higher than your mark for one or more of the other quizzes, it will replace your lowest quiz mark.

Note that quizzes open at 7am on the day they are due, and close at 11pm. They have a time limit, but can be completed at any time between 7am and 11pm. Quizzes are open book, but you are expected to complete them independently (i.e. you may not consult with other people when completing your quiz).

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Quiz 1
23 Jul 2018
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 1
15 Aug 2018
11:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Quiz 2
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. In-class test
9 Oct 2018
1:00 PM
20
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
5. Tutorial Participation
15
6. Assignment 2
17 Oct 2018
11:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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How to Think Critically, Stephanie Gibbons and Justine Kingsbury, TopHat Publishing, 2018.

The textbook is available through an online publisher, and is interactive. You will receive an invitation from TopHat Publishing inviting you to the platform through which the textbook runs. You can purchase the textbook there.

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Online Support

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Moodle is the University’s online learning platform. Lecture presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from Moodle, and this is also where you sign up for a tutorial. You may want to print out lecture presentations and bring them to the lecture so that you don’t have to spend so much time writing things down, or you may want to download them onto a laptop or tablet that you use in class.

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Workload

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Please note that in order to cope with the paper and, ultimately, to pass it, you will need to do a reasonable amount of independent work – reading and practice exercises - in your own time. Although this work will not itself be assessed, it is crucial to your progress in the paper. You should read each chapter of the text book carefully and try to finish a first reading by the end of the first week devoted to that chapter. At the end of each chapter there are practice exercises: completing these, along with tutorial worksheets, is the best way to develop critical reasoning skills. You are expected to spend an average of ten hours per week on this course, including class time.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: PHIL103

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