Analytical Thinking (ATHK1001)


Analytical Thinking is a course covering aspects of research design, interpretation of data, analysis, logic, and thinking processes. It is comprised of three sections: Data Concepts and Analysis, Logic and Critical Reasoning, and Thinking Tools. The section on data concepts and analysis covers aspects of research design, data collection, and basic forms of hypothesis testing and statistical tests are introduced. The logic and critical reasoning section covers material ranging from valid and invalid forms of argument and errors in reasoning to critiques of arguments presented in case studies. The thinking tools section looks at the errors people make in reasoning, decision making, problem solving and learning, and how to avoid these errors. 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 content area of scientific enquiry.

Further unit of study information


3 lectures per week and one 1-hour prac/tutorial


Written assignments (35%); Quizzes (10%); Tutorial participation (5%); Exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.