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EAD112 - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Using Analysis to Develop Solutions


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), CBD*, Cloud (online)

Commencing 2021
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), CBD*, Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), CBD*, Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Emma Charlton




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class and 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including some scheduled Collaborate sessions and weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


**Students enrolled in A250, E200 or A200 must enrol on the Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool or Waurn Ponds (Geelong) campuses or seek written permission from the Course Director for Cloud (online) enrolment

Students enrolled in courses other than A250, E200 or A200 must enrol Cloud (online) only


This unit will equip students with critical thinking and problem solving skills for tertiary study and the workplace. Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate academic arguments and identify their strengths and weaknesses. They will learn to analyse issues, identify problems, and propose approaches to finding solutions.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Analyse academic arguments and evaluate the use of evidence to support those arguments

GLO4: Critical thinking


Reformulate an issue as a problem and define an approach to solving the problem

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Make a cogent written argument that clearly explains a position

GLO2: Communication


Orally express a clear position in relation to a particular topic or question relating to a global issue and provide a plausible defence of that position

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Logic Book Argument equivalent to 320 words 10% Week 3
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay 1600 words 50% Week 5
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Oral presentation and defence equivalent to 640 words 20% Week 8
Assessment 4 (Individual)- Quiz equivalent to 640 words 20% Week 11


The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: EAD112 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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