Available in 2017

Course handbook


One set of skills required in any occupation are those of critical thinking and of evaluating the logical status of arguments. How can we tell the difference between valid and invalid arguments? How do we go about constructing arguments which we can know to be valid? These are the questions that form the focus of the course. The course is specifically designed to impart to students skills tested in the Graduate Skills Assessment Test.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. demonstrate skills in critical thinking and problem solving.

2. demonstrate skills in critically evaluating and appraising the arguments of others.

3. demonstrate ability to construct valid arguments of their own.


This course gives students skills in critical thinking about and evaluating ideas in a range of fields.

Questions to be considered include:

  • What makes an argument valid?
  • How can we tell valid from invalid arguments?
  • How can we construct valid arguments?


This course replaces PHIL3420. If you have successfully completed PHIL3420 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

In Term Test: 2 by 1 hour tests

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

On-Line from Callaghan


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks