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Learning outcomes / Graduate profile

  • Outcome 1: Learners actively participate in the opportunities set out in the study material to explore what critical reasoning is and what it means to critically reflect on one’s own thinking.
  • Outcome 2: Recognize and understand various reasoning fallacies as obstacles to clear thinking.
  • Outcome 3: Demonstrate the competence to identify arguments and to analyse different kinds of arguments.
  • Outcome 4: Apply knowledge and skills in evaluating different types of arguments.
  • Outcome 5: Apply knowledge and skills in constructing own arguments.


Assessment for this course comprises two quizzes, a journal and a 3-part assignment. In addition, students who wish to register for further study with Unisa and to receive recognition for this course in a Unisa programme, will need to complete a challenge assessment in line with Unisa's policy for Recognition of Prior Learning as inforned by national legislation. Guidelines for the process of formal recognition at Unisa are set out in optional Topic 6. The relative weightings are set out below.

For recognition of course completion For formal recognition in a Unisa programme
Journal (self-assessed against rubric) 20% 10%
Quizzes x 2 (self- and peer-assessed) 30% 15%
3-part assignment (self- and peer-assessed against rubric) 50% 25%
Challenge assessment (assessed by Unisa staff) 50%