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ATHK1001: Analytical Thinking

2024 unit information

Analytical Thinking covers aspects of research design, interpretation of data, analysis, logic, and thinking processes. It is comprised of three sections: Data Concepts and Analysis; Logic and Basic Arguments; and Research and Everyday Reasoning. The section on Data Concepts and Analysis covers aspects of research design, data collection, and introduces basic forms of hypothesis testing and statistical tests. The Logic and Basic Arguments section covers material ranging from valid and invalid forms of argument and errors in reasoning to critiques of arguments presented in case studies. The Research and Everyday Reasoning section examines how arguments and scientific evidence are presented and interpreted in the media, society, and interpersonal interactions. Together, the three course components teach foundational skills necessary for carrying out meaningful academic discussions, arguments, and research studies, which may be applied to any area of scholarly enquiry.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Psychology Academic Operations

Code ATHK1001
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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ATHK1901
Assumed knowledge:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a basic conceptual understanding of descriptive statistics used across disciplines.
  • LO2. Demonstrate a basic conceptual understanding of inferential statistics used across disciplines, though not of their mathematical underpinnings.
  • LO3. Demonstrate basic skills in computing and data handling
  • LO4. Understand and evaluate the quality of data based on its sources and the different methods used to collect it.
  • LO5. Identify ways of approaching the exploration of a research question and understand potential sources of bias in information sources.
  • LO6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of how logic can help analytical thinking and use it to analyze problems, within your discipline and across disciplines.
  • LO7. Demonstrate an understanding of basic processes of thinking and why these could lead to errors in reasoning, the evaluation of data and of learning.
  • LO8. Communicate the results of data analysis and research appropriately through written work

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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Important enrolment information

Additional advice

ATHK1001 is a compulsory unit within the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (BLAS) degree and will only be available to students enrolled in BLAS.