Critical Thinking

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Hone your capacity for logic and reason with this online Critical Thinking unit from Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University.

By studying this unit you’ll learn how to construct, analyse and critically evaluate arguments, as well as identify common fallacies in reasoning. The unit offers students practical techniques to maximise their critical thinking skills and logical creativity.

In doing so, students will walk away from this unit with the cool-headed logic to engage in debates and strategic thinking across whatever discipline they choose, be it business, law, science, politics or the media. 

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Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, students must:

  • Have prior university experience

OR

Areas of study

In this arts unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction – what is critical thinking and why do you need it?
  • What are arguments?
  • Standardisation and reconstruction of arguments
  • Deductive arguments
  • Inductive arguments
  • Critical thinking and the human mind
  • ’Automatic’ thinking and critical reasoning
  • The power of language and image
  • Fallacies and pseudo-reasoning
  • Putting it all together

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Regardless of what industry sector you work in, or what discipline you study, this critical thinking unit will advance your ability to apply logic and reason to any scenario – a skillset that is sure to advance your career.

By completing this unit you will be able to:

  • Present structured, coherent and well-developed arguments
  • Appreciate and evaluate the various types of reasoning, such as deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Apply analytical skills and critical thinking skills to real-world contexts
  • Use advanced skills in the area of critical analysis, problem-solving and creative writing

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Critical Thinking from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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