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.
Introduction to Critical 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 - 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 2 - Apply critical thinking to work practices
Key characteristics of critical thinking
Situations in which critical thinking should be applied
Using critical thinking
Generating sounds problem solutions
Applying critical thinking practices
Benefits of critical thinking
Critical thinking and leadership skills
How critical thinking helps people
Analysing the limitations of existing and proposed work practices
Stakeholders’ opinions and ideas
Using critical thinking for problem solving
Develop a proposal for the solution/s
Present a solution and justify the decision-making process
Reviewing decision making practices in the work area
Feedback on your use of critical thinking
Identify areas for self-development
Different forms of legislation
Unit 3 - 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 4 - Develop and apply thinking and problem solving skills
Problem solving in the workplace
Question types and styles
Ways to solve problems
Brainstorming and mind mapping
Lateral thinking and observation
Outcome evaluation and review
Collaborate and share ideas on problem solving
Identify challenges and problem solving
Assessing the suitability of options
Selecting a workplace issue to resolve
Structuring questions on an issue
Questionnaires and interviews
Documenting question responses
Problem solving techniques
Problem solving processes
Improvements to the problem-solving process
Problem solving skills
Estimated duration 60 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. 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.
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