This unit assists students to develop skills in argument analysis and development, language analysis (e.g. evaluating the use of analogies), the identification of fallacies, critical thinking and the preparation of critical summaries of academic texts. These logical and critical thinking skills are basic to tertiary education, and are required for any academic study in the humanities. The unit also introduces and trains students in key academic skills such as paraphrasing, appropriate referencing and using library resources to develop a bibliography for a particular topic.

Unit code: AP1001C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and explain the main semantic and logical fallacies studied in the unit.


Recognise, analyse and evaluate the formal structure of simple arguments


Assess the arguments in academic texts in terms of the semantic and rhetorical fallacies studied in the unit


Prepare a précis of a piece of academic prose, identifying its presuppositions and conclusion.


Plan and write a piece of academic work in a logical, systematic and comprehensive manner.


Reference a variety of sources appropriately, accurately, and in the correct style


Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • ACU Academic Skills Unit. ACU Study Guide: Skills for Success. North Sydney: Australian Catholic University, 2009. (recommended for purchase)
  • Bowell, Tracy and Kemp, Gary. Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 2010.
  • Govier, Trudy. A Practical Study of Argument: 7th enhanced ed. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2013.
  • LeBlanc, Jill. Thinking Clearly: A Guide to Critical Reasoning. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998.
  • Martinich, Aloysius. Philosophy Writing: An Introduction. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.
  • Thomson, Anne. Critical Reasoning: A Practical Introduction. 3rd ed. London, New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 8th ed. Revised by Wayne C. Booth et al. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
  • Warburton, Nigel. The Basics of Essay Writing. Oxford: Routledge, 2006.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

500-word essay

0 15.0

Variation 1 4 x take-home précis/essay planning exercises 300 words each (1200 words total)

Variation 2 10 Précis/essay planning exercises completed in class - 120 words each (1200 words total)

0 30.0
Written Examination

1.5-hour written examination (1500 words)

0 30.0

4 Logic exercises completed in class - equivalent of 200 words per exercise (800 words total)

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-01-31 15:42:42 +1100