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

The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the steps in critical and creative thinking that can be applied in business or personal situations.

Outcomes

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

  1. Apply critical (deductive) thinking methods to improve decision making.
  2. Consider stakeholder/s 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 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

This course is suitable for those 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 will focus students on decision making to solve simulated problems on a personal and organisational level. The second part will take participants on a journey of design thinking whereby they work in groups to create or innovate a concept.

Materials

Case studies will be sent to participants 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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