PHILO103-21G (NET)

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, and also in constructing good arguments of their own. 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 via Moodle. You will be expected to participate in discussion forums, complete lessons and exercises, and do your tests and assignments online.

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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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  • Evaluate an argument
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  • Construct a good argument of their own
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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 20% in total.
  • Moodle exercises worth 15% in total.
  • Forum participation worth 10%.

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

The first test is at the end of Week 2 and is designed to tell you how well you are understanding the basic concepts of the course.

Please note that although this test is open over two days, you have only 50 minutes to complete it. Once you open the test, your answers will automatically be submitted when your time runs out. Make sure you don’t start completing the test unless you know you will have time to complete it.

The final test is on Wednesday and Thursday of Week 5, and covers all parts of the course, including the material taught in Week 5. This test is open over two days and you will only have one hour to complete it. Like the first test, don’t start it unless you know you will have time to complete it.

No extensions can be granted for the final test.

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 is worth 10% & and Assignment 2 is worth 20% (total 30%)

Assignment 1 (due at the beginning of week 3) will give you practice at reconstructing simple arguments. It is open book, but you should not consult or share your work with other students ­as it is an individual assignment.

Assignment 2 (due at the end of week 4) builds on Assignment 1 and asks you to apply the skills you have gained during the course to the reconstruction and assessment of a longer argument. It is also open book but, once again, do not consult or share your work with other students.

You must submit your assignments through Turnitin, otherwise they will not be marked.

Lessons (20% total)

Each week there will be a series of online lessons for you to work through. The lessons contain the bulk of the course material, and include questions to check your understanding of the material. You need to complete earlier lessons to unlock later lessons: it is important to grasp the early material or you will find the later lessons difficult. If you have completed a lesson but do not feel confident that you have grasped 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 associated lessons. Exercises will not become available until you have completed the corresponding lesson. You can make two attempts at each exercise.

Forum participation (10%)

There are online forums, which you must contribute to in order to gain participation marks. There will be six forums: your marks for your best five of them will be counted.

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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
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Exercises
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Forum participation
10
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
4. Test 1
27 Nov 2021
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Assignment 1
1 Dec 2021
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Assignment 2
13 Dec 2021
11:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Test 2
16 Dec 2021
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$35 at this link: https://app.tophat.com/e/881385. Further instructions will be available on Moodle.

You can also access the textbook for free online if you are on campus in the university library on the Hamilton or the Tauranga CBD campus.

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Online Support

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Lessons and exercises will be provided on Moodle.
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Workload

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You are expected to spend 150 hours in total on this paper.
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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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