This unit assists students to develop skills in argument analysis and development, language analysis (e.g. evaluating the use of analogies), the identification of fallacies, critical thinking and the preparation of critical summaries and analyses of academic texts. These logical and critical thinking skills are basic to tertiary education, and are required for any academic study in the humanities. The unit also introduces and trains students in key academic skills such as paraphrasing, appropriate referencing and using library resources to develop a bibliography for a particular topic.

Unit code: AP8001C (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Delivery mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify, explain and apply the main semantic, rhetorical and logical fallacies studied in the unit


Recognise, analyse and evaluate the formal structure of simple arguments


Write academic prose in accord with the CTC handbook style guide that contains a critical analysis of the arguments of both simple and complex academic texts, and assess them in terms of the semantic and rhetorical fallacies studied in the unit


Write academic prose in accord with the CTC handbook style guide that contains a critical analysis of a piece of academic prose, identifying its presuppositions and conclusions


propose revisions to an academic text that would improve the quality of its argument and bring it into accord with good academic writing practice and the style guide set out in the CTC handbook


Reflect critically on a piece of prose using the academic and critical thinking skills taught in the unit in a critical, rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

4 x logic exercises -completed in class - equivalent of 300 words per exercise (1200 words total)ex

0 20.0

1 x 2000-word essay

0 35.0
Written Examination

1 x 1.5-hour written examination (1500 words)

0 20.0

Variation 1 4 x take-home Précis/essay planning exercises (equivalent of 1300 words total) or Variation 2 10 x Précis/essay planning exercises completed in class (equivalent of 130 words per exercise) (1300 words total)

One of the variations set out here is chosen by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, in conjunction with the Dean, and is published in the unit outline.

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-04 10:45:36 +1100