PHILO103-18T (NTG)

Critical Thinking

15 Points

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

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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, and deal fairly with others in argumentative contexts. These skills are useful both in other university papers and in the wider world.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught entirely online, through Moodle. Moodle is the University’s online learning platform: you can access it at http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz. Lessons, exercises, tests, assignment details, important dates, discussion forums and the paper outline are all available through Moodle. You will be expected to participate in online forums, to complete lessons, exercises and tests, and to submit assignments through Moodle.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Recognise arguments
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  • Reconstruct and evaluate arguments
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  • Identify, analyse and avoid fallacies
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  • Deal fairly with others in argumentative contexts
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Assessment

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This paper is wholly internally assessed. The assessment consists of:

  • Two online tests, the first worth 10% and the second worth 15%. (25% in total)
  • Two assignments, the first worth 10% and the second worth 20%. (30% in total)
  • Moodle lessons worth 25% in total.
  • Moodle exercises worth 15% in total.
  • Forum participation worth 5%.

Two online tests, the first worth 10% and the second worth 15% (25% total)

These tests include multiple choice and short answer questions and will be taken via Moodle.

The first test is at the end of the second week. It is designed to tell you how well you are understanding the basic concepts of the course so far. It can be taken in any 50 minute block of time from 7 a.m. on Friday the 16th of November to 11 p.m. on Saturday the 17th of November. Note that although this test is open over two days, you only 50 minutes to complete it from the time you start. Once you open the test, your answers will automatically be submitted at the end of the 50 minute time limit if you have not already submitted them.

The final test is in the final week, and it will include questions from all parts of the course, including the material taught in the final week. It can be taken in any one hour block from 7 a.m. on Friday the 14th of December to 11 p.m. on Saturday the 15th of December. Note that although this test is open over two days, you only one hour to complete it from the time you start. Once you open the test, your answers will automatically be submitted at the end of the one hour time limit if you have not already submitted them.

Tests can be attempted only once. They operate on a timer, and once begun, the timer cannot be stopped, so make sure you don’t begin a test unless you will have time to complete it. During the tests you may consult any notes or course materials you wish, but you may not communicate with other people. (That is, you must complete your test independently.)

  • Two assignments, Assignment 1 worth 10% & and Assignment 2 worth 20% (total 30%)

Assignment 1, due on Monday the 26th of November at 11 p.m., will give you practice at reconstructing fairly simple arguments. It is open book, but you should not consult with others about it - it is an individual assignment.

Assignment 2, due on Monday the 10th of December at 11 p.m., builds on Assignment 1 and asks you to apply the skills you have gained during the course to the reconstruction and assessment of a single argument.You must submit your assignment through Turnitin. If your assignment has not been processed by Turnitin, it will not be marked. It is open book, but you should not consult with others about it - it is an individual assignment.

  • Lessons (25% total)

Each week there will be online lessons for you to work your way through. The lessons contain the bulk of the course material - you might think of doing a lesson as a substitute for attending a lecture - along with questions to check whether you are understanding the material. You must complete a lesson before you can begin the next lesson. It is the nature of this course that later material builds on what has gone earlier: it is important to grasp the early material or you will find the later material difficult. If you have completed a lesson but do not feel confident that you have grasped the content of it, you can redo it.

  • Exercises (15% total)

Each week there will be online exercises that test your grasp of the material covered in the lessons. An exercise will not become available to you until you have completed the corresponding lesson. You can make two attempts at each exercise.

  • Forum participation (5%)
Each week there will be one online forum in which you should participate. You are expected to contribute to all forums.
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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. Lessons
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Exercises
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Forum discussions
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test 1
17 Nov 2018
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Assignment 1
26 Nov 2018
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Assignment 2
10 Dec 2018
11:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Test 2
15 Dec 2018
11:00 PM
15
  • 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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Stephanie Gibbons and Justine Kingsbury, How To Think Critically, TopHat Publishing.This is an interactive online textbook, and it includes exercises at the end of each chapter to help you practice the skills you are learning. . You can buy it for AUS$32 at this link: https://app.tophat.com/e/061824. Further instructions will be available on Moodle. You can also access the textbook for free if you are physically in either the main university library or the Windermere Campus library.
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Other Resources

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Other resources will be made available on Moodle, and you should make use of them.
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Online Support

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This course is taught through Moodle, and a variety of materials will be avilable there to assist you with the course material.
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Workload

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You are expected to spend 150 hours on this course altogether, and that is an average of 25 hours per week. This is enough time to enable you to carefully work through all of the lessons and exercises, as well as completing the tests and the assignment and participating in the Moodle forums.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: PHIL103

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