Centre for Continuing Education

Critical and Creative Thinking Course

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Our Critical and Creative Thinking course teaches deductive and inductive thinking strategies to improve business performance and decision making abilities.

Critical or deductive thinking is a vital tool in personal and business decision making processes, ensuring all factors are evaluated, minimising failure. On the other hand, creative thinking or inductive thinking is a rare and precious skill because it fuels innovation.

Aims

This course aims to introduce you to the steps in critical and creative thinking that can be applied in business or personal situations.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • apply critical (deductive) thinking methods to improve decision making
  • consider stakeholder/s requirements in your decision making
  • apply the process of creative thinking.

Content

This course covers the following topics:

Part 1: Critical thinking

What is critical thinking

  • The 8 elements of thought and deductive thinking

Evaluating internal and external stakeholders

Understanding decision traps and cognitive biases

Part 2: Creative thinking

What is creative thinking?

  • The importance of creative (inductive) thinking
  • The methods in innovation and design thinking

Intended Audience

Suitable for anyone wanting to improve their capabilities in decision making, and introduce creative thinking that leads to innovation.

Delivery Style

This is a full-day workshop. The first part of the workshop focusses on decision making to solve simulated problems on a personal and organisational level. The second part will take you on a journey of design thinking whereby you will work in groups to create or innovate a concept.

Materials

You will be sent case studies prior to the workshop.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion
Critical and Creative Thinking Course

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What others say.

  • This was an easy to understand course, with lots of useful discussion and clear expectations for the day.