Critical Thinking

As a future Bachelor degree graduate, you are expected to not only have a body of knowledge required to undertake your chosen profession, but you are also expected to think critically – this means being able to question information, and views and opinions of others  - and respond with arguments based on fact,  logic and reason – and not  accept that everything you read or are told is true.  

Critical thinking is a skill that you will develop during your studies, and you will apply critical thinking to your reading and assessment items. Examples of critical thinking include:

  • What evidence has been presented to support the argument?
  • What is the quality of the evidence?(is the evidence anecdotal or supported by research and/or scientific study?)
  • Is the evidence referenced? (or is the author relying solely on their own research?)
  • Is the evidence recent and relevant?
  • Is there a logical development of ideas?
  • Which parts of the argument do I agree with and why?
  • Which parts of the argument do I disagree with and why?
  • What assumptions does the author make?
  • Is the argument clearly expressed?
  • Does the writer’s language, tone or choice of examples reveal any biases? If so do these biases reduce the credibility of the argument?
  • Does the author use emotive terms or examples to persuade the reader?
  •  Do these strategies enhance or detract from the argument?

Reference was made to the Charles Darwin University study skills page when compiling this information.