Course Brief

This course on critical thinking is designed to introduce students to principles behind critical thinking and prepare them for the level of work they will be expected to undertake whilst studying for an MSc. The course will introduce students to a range of techniques that can be used to analyse and synthesise arguments in the context of postgraduate study.

Aims

  • To introduce students to the concept of critical thinking and to its role in clarifying and improving understanding of complex situations.
  • To equip the student with strategies and techniques to critically analyse and evaluate the work of others.
  • To equip the students with techniques for drawing inferences and constructing arguments from secondary and incomplete data sources.

On completion of this course the students will be able:.

  • to reflect on the significance and inter-relationship of a diverse range of sources in support of a piece of critical evaluation;
  • with critical insight, to present the results of their analysis in a concise and informed manner;
  • achieve all outcomes with a large degree of autonomy.
  • referenced essays, debating.

The learning time for a 10 credit MSc course is approximately 100 hours, and when the course is studied in distance learning mode, this will be largely student centred.  Distance learning students will receive comprehensive study materials together with supporting text books. There will also be at least one intensive study school which will adopt a problem solving approach to the subject.
Throughout the text there will be self assessment questions [SAQs], which will be linked into the student website, and there will allow the students to monitor their understanding of principles, procedure and practice as they progress through the material. The answers can be monitored by tutors and feedback given. Where practicable, SAQs will be interactive.
When delivered by Block release, the learning and teaching strategy will rely on written course guides, lectures, tutorials and seminars, supported by online learning resources.

This course comprises one (1) assignment.

Online Resources
There are a number of websites and e-communities which provide substantial online learning resources on critical thinking.  The following are two well-known examples:

1.      The Critical Thinking Community, is the website of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking, an academic organisation in the United States. It provides extensive online archives, reports, books, periodical papers and other study materials on this topic.
http://www.criticalthinking.org/index.cfm

2.      Critical Thinking Web, is a Hong Kong based educational web site with numerous free online tutorials on critical thinking, logic, reasoning, creativity, and other aspects of thinking skills.  http://philosophy.hku.hk/think/

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