PHILO103-20A (TGA)

Critical Thinking

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Philosophy

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: monique.mulder@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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Instead of lectures, course content will be delivered via Moodle lessons: the lessons are worth 15% of the final mark for the paper.

In addition to the Moodle lessons, there will be a two-hour workshop each week. Workshop participation is worth 15% of the final mark for the paper. At least half of the workshop will be spent completing worksheets in groups: this is a very good way of developing and practicing critical thinking skills.

After Week 1, students are expected to have completed the week's Moodle lessons in advance of the workshop, which is on Friday.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper 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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  • Distinguish a good argument from a poor one, identifying which arguments a person should be persuaded by and which they should not
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Assessment

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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
19 Mar 2020
11:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 1
9 Apr 2020
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Quiz 2
21 May 2020
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. In-class test
5 Jun 2020
1:00 PM
20
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
5. Assignment 2
11 Jun 2020
11:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Online lessons
15
7. Workshop Participation
15
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 online for AUS$35 at https://app.tophat.com/e/395524. You can also access the textbook for free if you are physically in either the main university library in Hamilton or the Tauranga CBD Campus library.
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Online Support

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Moodle is the University’s online learning platform. Online lessons and quizzes are done on Moodle, and assignments are submitted through Moodle.

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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.

  • Working carefully through the Moodle lessons is essential to developing the skills this paper is aiming to teach you. The lessons are worth 15% of the final mark for the paper.
  • In addition to completing the Moodle lessons, you should read each chapter of the text book carefully - try to finish a first readthrough by the end of the first week devoted to that chapter. At the end of each chapter there are practice exercises: completing these will help you develop your critical thinking 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)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: PHIL103

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