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TEST SPECIFICATIONS FOR ON-GOING ASSESSMENTS & FINAL EXAMINATION

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PROGRAMME: BACHELOR (HONS) DEGREE PROGRAMME
CODE & COURSE: BEL 462: READING AND CRITICAL THINKING
(DEGREE Level)
CREDIT HOURS: 2 CONTACT HOURS: 2 hours per week
DURATION: 14 weeks PRE-REQUISITE: COLLEGE ENGLISH (if coming in from STPM/Matriculation)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

CONDITIONS
ON-GOING ASSESSMENTS
FINAL EXAMINATION
TEST OBJECTIVES
  • Identifying theses and implied main ideas in texts
  • Identifying purpose and tone
  • Distinguishing between fact and opinion
  • Identifying logical reasoning: deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Evaluating inferences/implicationS
  • Recognizing and evaluating arguments
  • Detecting bias
  • Asking questions which analyze, hypothesize and evaluate the materials read
  • Identifying theses and implied main ideas in texts Identifying purpose and tone
  • Distinguishing between fact and opinion
  • Identifying logical reasoning: deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Evaluating inferences/ implications
  • Recognizing and evaluating arguments
  • Detecting bias
  • Asking questions which analyze, hypothesize and evaluate the materials read

ITEMS

(number/extent/
level/length)

Test 1
Questions that test ability to identify theses, implied main ideas, purpose and tone, and to distinguish between fact and opinion. (1 hour)


Test 2
Questions that test ability to identify logical reasoning, to evaluate implications, and to recognize and evaluate arguments. (1 hour)


Test 3
Oral commentary on an article chosen by the student. The student should be able to detect bias and demonstrate the ability to use questions which analyze, hypothesize and evaluate the article read. (2-3 minutes per student)

Questions that require analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the given passage(s).
TEXT TYPE OR LENGTH OF TEXT
The article chosen by the student for Test 3 should be on a controversial issue and be about 500 words long. The article should be submitted to the lecturer at least one week before the test. Text(s) on contemporary controversial issues.
PROPOSITIONAL FEATURES
Argumentative Argumentative
ORGANISATIONAL FEATURES OF TEST
Test items are organized according to level of difficulty. Questions that test the ability to
identify or restate
theses and implied
main ideas in texts,
purpose
determine tone
distinguish between
fact and opinion
analyze deductive/
inductive reasoning
draw conclusions
evaluate arguments
detect bias
Questions should test critical and affective responses to text
LANGUAGE LEVEL
Formal and advanced Formal and advanced
WEIGHTAGE

Test 1: ----- 20%

Test 2: ----- 20%

Test 3: ----- 20%

40%
DURATION
5 minutes per person for each Oral Commentary on an article 2 hours
MARKING GUIDELINES
Marks awarded for Test 1 and Test 2 will be guided by the respective answer keys.
For Test 3, see the attached
guidelines.
Marks awarded according to ability to read and think critically.

GUIDELINES FOR ORAL COMMENTARY (BEL462 TEST 3)

Steps to prepare for the oral commentary:

    1. Choose an article of about 500 words taken from any of the following publications: Readers' Digest, Time, Newsweek, Asiaweek, The Star, The New Straits Times, The Sun.
    2. The article should discuss a controversial issue, usually taken from the Editorial column, Letters to the Editor or opinion columns.
    3. Refer to the sample 'A Later Start is a Better Start' on pages 241-242 and use the questions on page 245 of the prescribed textbook.
    4. Submit a copy of the chosen article for approval at least one week before Test 3.
    5. For the Oral Commentary, walk the audience through the article using the questions on page 245 as a guide. Do not exceed 5 minutes.


Allocation of marks:

Issue
Summary of the author's argument
Evidence of bias
Author's assumption
Type of support
Relevance of support
Objectivity of the author's argument
Completeness of the author's argument
Validity of the author's argument
Credibility of the author's argument

2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2

TOTAL 20

   

 



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