Courses & Units

Good Thinking: Reasoning Skills for Life HPH106


This unit teaches the fundamentals of good thinking. You will learn how to construct, analyse, and critically evaluate arguments; how to reason logically and well; how to identify and avoid common pitfalls of statistical reasoning in scientific and social contexts; and how to communicate your thoughts clearly and effectively. You will learn practical techniques for the evaluation of reasoning, and apply these techniques with fellow students to explore topics and arguments from science, politics, philosophy, and the popular media. The skills you acquire in this unit will be invaluable, not just across academic disciplines, but more broadly for leading a life enriched by good thinking.


Unit name Good Thinking: Reasoning Skills for Life
Unit code HPH106
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Mathematics|Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Richard Corry
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the theory behind current approaches to reasoning well.
  • Analyse and map the structure of reasoning in both academic and everyday contexts.
  • Evaluate many different types of reasoning, including deductive, inductive, and statistical reasoning.
  • Communicate your own reasoning clearly and effectively.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HAA002 or XBR105


Teaching Pattern

Two or three recorded lectures (totalling approximately 40 minutes) weekly; and weekly online discussion participation.

AssessmentEssay (20%)|Portfolio (40%)|Take Home Exam (40%)
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