The ability to think critically and creatively is vital in today’s workplace – as a high value is placed on innovation. Balancing critical and creative thought stimulates new ideas and problem-solving while also evaluating feasibility. This course is ideal for anyone in business, government or the creative industries.
Critical and Creative Thinking is a professional development course that will expand your creative thinking skills while simultaneously improving your ability to think critically in the workplace and everyday life.
When you undertake this professional development course, you will learn the techniques to develop critical and creative thinking. You will also learn to challenge ideas and assumptions, present solutions that justify decision-making processes and understand legislative requirements relating to workplace practices.
You will also discover environments that encourage critical and creative thinking, learn to facilitate learning opportunities, provide feedback, and monitor and improve critical and creative thinking practices in the workplace.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to deliver stronger problem-solving solutions in the workplace while leading others to develop their critical and creative thinking skills.
Unit 1 – Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
Defining critical thinking
Generating ideas and responses
Creative and critical thinking techniques
Challenging ideas and assumptions
Experimenting and reinvention
Changing your thinking
Training your creativity
Techniques to help develop creative thinking skills
Creative problem solving
Implementation of new ideas
Enhance creative thinking skills
Experiment and practice
Extending creative thinking
Unit 2 - Develop critical thinking in others
Research models of critical and creative thinking
Critical and creative thinking models
Paul-Elder Critical Thinking Model
First principle thinking/concepts/mental models
Approaches to instruction on critical and creative thinking methods
Facilitate learning opportunities for addressing gaps
The learning environment/learning organisations
Articulate key features
Key features and concepts
Environments that encourage critical and creative thinking
Analyse current system to identify gaps or barriers
Opportunities for team members to apply critical thinking skills
Providing feedback on performance tasks
Monitoring and improving thinking practices
Identify additional support for teams and individuals
Recommendations for improved learning
Forms of legislation
Unit 3 - Apply critical thinking skills in a team environment
Addressing a workplace problem
Teams and problem solving
Identify key issue/problem
Problem solving procedures
Questions and challenges
Solutions for workplace problems
Critical thinking that helps generate problem solutions
Team decision making
The problem solving process
Criteria for assessing the suitability of options
Evaluate solutions and make a selection
Finalise and review solution
Presenting solution to stake holders
The critical thinking process
Responding to challenges and questions
Critical thinking learnings (individuals and teams)
Unit 4 - Apply critical thinking to work practices
Establish role of critical thinking in the workplace
Key characteristics of critical thinkers
When should critical thinking be applied
Benefits of critical thinking
Critical thinking and leadership skills
Lead critical thinking process
Limitations and proposed work practices
Locate information on selected work practices
Develop options for problem solving
Develop a proposal for the solutions
Present solutions and justify the decision making process
Develop a critical thinking mindset
Review decision making practices
Seek feedback on your use of critical thinking
Identify areas for self-development
Plan future process evaluations
Legislative requirements relating to workplace practices
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 60 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $XX.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
Professional Development for anyone in business, government or the creative industries.