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Good Thinking: Reasoning Skills for Life XBR105



This unit aims to teach the fundamentals of good reasoning. You will learn how to construct, analyse, and critically evaluate arguments; how to identify and avoid common errors in reasoning; how to think logically and well; and how to communicate your thoughts clearly and effectively. We teach these skills by developing practical techniques for the evaluation of reasoning, and applying these techniques to arguments from science, politics, philosophy, and the popular media. These skills are invaluable across all disciplines, and will benefit you in academic contexts and in life beyond university.


Unit name Good Thinking: Reasoning Skills for Life
Unit code XBR105
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Mathematics|Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr Richard Corry

Teaching staff

Dr Richard Corry, Dr David Coady, A/Prof Barbara Holland, Dr Penelope Rush, Dr Jeremy Sumner

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,321.00 010199

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Essay    20%;   Portfolio    40% ;    Take-Home Exam    40% 

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