Critical Inquiry

Subject code NTI700
Lecturer Dr Camille Rowe
Delivery mode Online, self-directed
Duration Ten weeks
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Subject Overview

This subject is designed to prepare students, many of whom are from diverse cultural backgrounds, to be successful in their studies at an institute of higher education. The subject identifies and strengthens existing academic abilities and literacies, and introduces contemporary topics to help students develop critical thinking, academic writing, academic literacy, communication and research skills. The subject includes an introduction to contemplative inquiry, which aims to facilitate student personal development and self-direction within academic study.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation of critical reading and analysis of scholarly material.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and practice of academic assessment and integrity.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of critical thinking, academic argument and analysis processes, and how they contribute to academic expression.
  4. Demonstrate capacity for higher level scholarly expression and communication.
  5. Be able to navigate the Institute’s support systems, learning structures and digital learning resources.
  6. Demonstrate high-level research and inquiry-based learning abilities.
  7. Demonstrate skill at being a self-directed learner.



  • Assessment 1, Part 1: Quiz (12.5%, due week 1)
  • Assessment 1, Part 2: Reflective writing (12.5%, due week 4)
  • Assessment 1, Part 3: Critical evaluation and peer review (25%, due weeks 6, 7)
  • Assessment 2: Report/Essay (50%, due week 10)


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