Academic Writing, Critical Thinking and Logic

Foundational Unit

Semester 2, 2020
Wednesday 10.00am – 1.00pm

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 and analyses 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.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 




face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • four 300-word in-class Logic exercises 4 x 5%
  • four take-home précis/essay planning exercises (1,300 words) 25%
  • one 2,000-word essay 35%
  • one 1½-hour written examination (1,500 words) 20%
or [Lecturer variation]
  • four 300-word in-class Logic exercises 4 x 5%
  • ten in-class Précis/essay planning exercises (1,300 words) 10 x 2.5%
  • one 2,000-word essay 35%
  • one 1½-hour written examination (1,500 words) 20%

Set Text Recommended for Purchase

Govier, Trudy. A Practical Study of Argument. Enhanced 7th ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, 2012. ISBN 978-1-133-93464-6


  • ACU Academic Skills Unit. ACU Study Guide: Skills for Success. 3rd ed. Sydney: Australian Catholic University, 2012.
  • Bowell, Tracy, and Gary Kemp. Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 2010.
  • LeBlanc, Jill. Thinking Clearly: A Guide to Critical Reasoning. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998.
  • Martinich, Aloysius. Philosophical Writing: An Introduction. 3rd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.
  • Thomson, Anne. Critical Reasoning: A Practical Introduction. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. Revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff. 9th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018.