Centre for Continuing Education

Critical and Creative Thinking Course

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Learn to use critical and creative thinking purposefully, and respond meaningfully to the ever-changing workplace. In this course, you will practice using critical and creative thinking to generate and evaluate knowledge, clarify concepts and ideas, seek possibilities, consider alternatives and solve problems.

Critical and creative thinking is an in-demand professional skillset that will see you more readily adapt to different workplaces and ‘pivot’ when required to face workplace challenges. You can develop your critical and creative thinking skills and use them like a muscle, the more you use them, the more refined and intuitive they will become.


The aim of this course is to introduce you to the processes and approaches involved in critical and creative thinking. When used together, they will benefit and enrich your problem-solving and decision-making abilities in personal and workplace situations.


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

  • describe what is meant by creative thinking and enhance your ability to develop skills in effective originality
  • describe what is meant by critical thinking and enhance your ability to develop arguments, use evidence in support of those arguments, draw reasoned conclusions, and use information to solve problems
  • combine approaches from both critical and creative thinking skills to decision-making and problem-solving processes.


Thinking about thinking

  • Problem-solving, decision-making and thinking skills
  • Cognitive biases that influence our decisions

Creative thinking

  • What is creative thinking?
  • Identification and practice of creative thinking skills such as reflection, ideation, illustration, embracing mistakes and questioning
  • Creative thinking challenges – deliberate practice using challenges that enable you to think laterally and inventively and ultimately to develop original approaches in defining and solving problems

Critical thinking

  • What is critical thinking?
  • Identification and practice of critical thinking strategies such as reflection, rationality, open mindedness, discipline and judgement

Combining creative and critical thinking in the problem solving process

  • Practical applications and deliberate practice

Intended audience

This is an introductory course for individuals who wish to apply these dynamic skills in their work and/or personal lives.

Delivery style

An interactive and activity-based workshop.


Course materials will be provided electronically.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

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