ASP208 - Introduction to Logical Reasoning

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Cathy Legg

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

ASP308

Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week (recordings provided)

Content

The capacity to evaluate and construct arguments is an invaluable skill across all disciplines, including philosophy, politics, science, law, business and media. This unit provides an introduction to the principles of critical thinking and reasoning. Students will learn a range of critical thinking techniques, including how to detect common reasoning errors and construct sound arguments, with a focus upon practical applications and a view to the benefits that these skills have beyond the university as well as in academic contexts. The later weeks of the unit explore some of the theory behind valid argumentation by teaching some introductory tools of analysis in formal logic (covering basic elements of both propositional and predicate logic). This unit will therefore be of interest to students of philosophy, as well as many other disciplinary areas.

Assessment

Assessment 1 (Individual) – Quizzes (1000 words) – 25%

Assessment 2 (Individual) – Research and Writing Exercise x 2 (500 words each) – 12.5% each

Examination (2 hours) – 50%

Unit Fee Information

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