Meccano El Marciano Critical Thinking

Thinking and reasoning are essential components of human life. But much of our thinking and reasoning is biased, distorted, and uninformed. This subject trains you to reason well, to think clearly and independently, and also to engage fairly with others in discussions and debates. You will develop useful skills in presenting, analysing and evaluating different types of arguments. You will learn to apply these skills to real cases from popular culture, current affairs, and philosophy. You will also learn to use diagrams and symbols to assist higher and more abstract levels of logical reasoning and systematic thinking. Because the ability to think and to argue clearly and fairly is central not just to philosophy but to university studies in general, many students find the experience gained in this subject immensely valuable, both within the university and later in employment whatever their subsequent areas of specialization.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

01. Knowledge, analysis and evaluation of arguments on a wide variety of topics and from a wide range of sources (e.g., books, newspapers, radio, TV, YouTube) on a variety of ethical/social/cultural issues relevant to Australia.

Activities:
Online lectures/readings/audios/videos, regular short quizzes, online discussions, short essays, written feedbacks from teachers.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Clear, precise and well-informed writings that analyse, critique, and develop arguments on a wide variety of topics.

Activities:
Online discussions, short essays, written feedbacks from teachers.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

04. Effective time management.

Activities:
Regular short quizzes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRob Wilson

Class requirements

Collaborative Based LearningWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%ILO*
1.5-hour Exam (equivalent to 1500 words)2601
Short Essays (equivalent to 1000 words)2401, 03, 04
Short Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)5001, 04

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRob Wilson

Class requirements

Collaborative Based LearningWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%ILO*
1.5-hour Exam (equivalent to 1500 words)2601
Short Essays (equivalent to 1000 words)2401, 03, 04
Short Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)5001, 04

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRob Wilson

Class requirements

Collaborative Based LearningWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%ILO*
1.5-hour Exam (equivalent to 1500 words)2601
Short Essays (equivalent to 1000 words)2401, 03, 04
Short Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)5001, 04

Mildura, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRob Wilson

Class requirements

Collaborative Based LearningWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%ILO*
1.5-hour Exam (equivalent to 1500 words)2601
Short Essays (equivalent to 1000 words)2401, 03, 04
Short Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)5001, 04

Shepparton, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRob Wilson

Class requirements

Collaborative Based LearningWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%ILO*
1.5-hour Exam (equivalent to 1500 words)2601
Short Essays (equivalent to 1000 words)2401, 03, 04
Short Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)5001, 04



Substantive Critical Thinking as Developed by the Foundation for Critical Thinking
Proves Effective in Raising SAT and ACT Test Scores
at West Side High School.

Staff Development
ProgramUtilizes Critical Thinking Instruction
to Improve Student Performance on ACT and SAT Tests, and in Critical Reading, Writing and Math

   I believe there isa strong correlation between both our ACT and our SAT scores and our critical thinking initiative.  Our ACT scores of 24.2 for2004-05 and 2005-06 have been the highest in school history.  When you accompany these results with ourdemographic changes we feel that these changes are significant.  Our SAT Scores for 2003-04 wereCritical Reading613 (this is the highest verbal/Critical Reading in 40+ years) and 619 for math (second highest of all-time). Our SAT scores for 05-06 are Critical Reading 606 (third highest in history) and math 620 (tied for the highest all-time).  When I refer to our demographic changes I am specificallyreferring to an increase inour percentage of"Free and Reduced" lunch numbers (from5%a few years ago tonow over 20%).

    When you factor this with our test results and our participant rate (over 80%) you can see why we feel strongly about our critical thinking initiative.

Dr.John Crook
West Side High School Principal
Omaha, Nebraska —12/12/06


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