BUSN0002 Critical Thinking and Reasoning

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Trimester 1Taylors CollegeFace to face
Trimester 2Taylors CollegeFace to face
Trimester 3Taylors CollegeFace to face
Content
Critical thinking and reasoning are fundamental skills required for rational, evidence-based argumentation. These high order skills are not just necessary for academic studies, but are actively sought by business employers seeking prospective employees with strong reasoning and problem solving skills to ensure continuation of operational productivity. Moreover, educators often demand students to construct cohesive, logically structured expositions to test theoretical knowledge; consequently, this unit aims to explicitly teach components of reasoned argumentation. By scrutinising the anatomy of an argument, students will learn to identify elements of reasoning; distinguish characteristics of varying types of arguments; and recognise elements of faulty reasoning.
Application of this knowledge will enable students to produce reasoned argumentation and possess the ability to critically analyse and evaluate credibility of various arguments in business contexts. Furthermore, within this robust and inquiring environment, students will also develop skills of information processing, problem solving and creative thinking. Finally, the teaching of metacognitive strategies will encourage students to reflect and assess the efficacy of their higher order thinking strategies, a necessary attribute of lifelong learners.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) apply knowledge of logic to engage in robust methods of questioning and production of credible argumentation; (2) recognise the function of language in relation to ambiguity and types of claim using various text genres; (3) identify techniques of faulty reasoning, assumptions and bias to critically evaluate validity of argumentation of a variety of written and spoken texts; (4) communicate clear, cohesive and logical argumentation; (5) 5. demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address complex issues with
reasoned justification and with a degree of intellectual independence.; and (6) evaluate divergent perspectives and generate new ideas to address complex business discipline
related problems in collaborative learning situations..
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class analysis; (2) project; and (3) debate. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nick Letch
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Pre-Masters Program Business
Contact hours
60 hours face-to-face contact comprising 12* tutorial/workshops and 12* collaborative learning sessions.
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