Course Title: Critical and Analytical Approaches

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical and Analytical Approaches

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


610P BUS Portfolio Office


Sem 1 2021


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Viet1 2023

Course Coordinator: Bronwyn Coate

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (3) 99251309

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne Campus, Building 80

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will learn to critically examine psychological assumptions and biases and apply approaches for analysing and interpreting information. The course discusses the development of ‘what we think we know’ through discussion of critical media consumption, academic knowledge development and organisational construction of shared understandings. You will examine facts, opinions and the production of media, while developing your capacity to analyse and apply evidence-based approaches to evaluating and accepting information as knowledge.

The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to analyse organisations through different theoretical lenses. You will develop your organisational analysis and critical reasoning skills through the application and assessment of different perspectives to business case studies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Articulate the difference between objective and subjective positions and how these influence a range of business and social outcomes.
  2. Reflect on the decisions made in a range of business applications, and the reasons behind those decisions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking methodologies to business contexts.
  4. Apply an evaluative process to assess a business opportunity.
  5. Undertake reflective praxis regarding your progress in developing critical and analytical approaches to thinking and conceptualising.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered as a blend of face-to-face activities and online learning. Learning will be supported through in-class and online activities such as: personal development activities; guest speakers/expert commentators; prescribed readings; practical tasks; seeking and providing peer feedback; and reflective praxis.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. Class activities, recordings, notes and outcomes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on progress, outcomes and approaches, and by individual consultation.