Centre for Continuing Education

Critical and Creative Thinking Course

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Aims

Critical and creative thinking have risen to the top of skills in demand. Critical or deductive thinking is crucial in personal and business decision making in ensuring that all factors have been evaluated to minimise failure. On the other hand, creative thinking or Inductive thinking is a rare and precious skill because it fuels innovation.

This course aims to introduce participants to the steps involved in critical and creative thinking, that they can then apply to personal or workplace situations.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking methods to improve decision making.
  2. Consider the importance of stakeholder requirements in their decision making.
  3. 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 inductive thinking
  • Evaluating internal and external stakeholders
  • Understanding decision traps and cognitive biases

Part 2: Creative thinking

  • What is creative thinking
  • The importance of creative thinking
  • The methods in innovation and design thinking

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for those wanting to improve their decision-making capabilities and introduce creative thinking that leads to innovation.

Delivery Style

Full day workshop. The first part of the workshop will focus on the decision making process required to solve simulated problems on a personal and organisational level. The second part will take participants on a journey of design thinking, whereby they will be required work in groups to create or innovate a concept.

Materials

Case studies will be sent to participants prior to class.

Features

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