BUS215 Critical Thinking & Ethical Decision-Making

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Nil
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week

Unit description 

Critical thinking and ethical decision making are essential skills for academic research and career success. This unit is designed to develop students’ critical thinking and business decision making skills. Students will learn the features of good arguments and the methods of formulating good arguments through critical reading and analytical writing. Students will also develop the ability of making decisions in accordance with organisational strategies, ethical principles and social responsibilities.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

  On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Identify the structure of arguments and discuss how to clearly represent arguments.
ULO2 Compare reasoning methods such as deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning in a problem-solving process.
ULO3 Discuss creative and innovative ideas through effective and efficient group argumentation during the business decision making process.
ULO4 Perform critical analysis to seek confirming and opposing evidence from a variety of contexts.
ULO5 Apply critical analysis skills to question the authority of texts and to investigate the implications of texts.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Critical thinking in accounting
2. Identifying arguments
3. Arguments and non-arguments
4. Clarity, consistency and structure
5. Assumptions and meanings
6. Finding and evaluating evidence sources
7. Critical reading
8. Analytical writing
9. Logical decision trees
10. Binary decision diagrams
11. Dynamic analysis
12. Dynamic analysis and optimisation


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Mid-Semester Exam 30% Mid-semester exam week
Assessment 2: Group Assignment #1  20% 11
Assessment 3: Group Assignment #2 10% 11
Assessment 4: Final Exam 40% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.