Course Title: Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: EMPL5890C

Course Title: Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4295 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sarah Hunt

Elena Popa

9925 4815



(weeks 2 & 3)

Vivienne Weir

9925 4815

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will gain skills and knowledge required to develop methods for thinking in a more creative way.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCRT301A Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills


1. Develop a questioning mindset

Performance Criteria:

Develop the habit of asking questions from different perspectives
Take responsibility for exploring a variety of information sources to provide relevant answers to own questions
Sort through information and ideas to identify the central questions, issues and challenges
Challenge preconceptions and assumptions to determine actual constraints in defining a problem for resolution


2. Generate ideas and responses

Performance Criteria:

Explore and use a range of creative thinking techniques to generate ideas and responses
Muse on, play around with and have fun with ideas in relation to a perceived objective
Identify and challenge blockers to creative thinking
Consider and explore realities beyond the current situation
Evaluate, and where appropriate, challenge existing boundaries to determine perceived or actual constraints
Show willingness to take risks with ideas and thought processes
Look around in familiar and unfamiliar places for new inspiration and habitually record observations, experiences, ideas and reflective thoughts to broaden personal knowledge base
Acknowledge and accept the opportunity for revelation when least expected
Identify connections and associations from things that seem unconnected



3. Challenge, test and re invent ideas

Performance Criteria:

Identify, interrogate and challenge the assumptions behind ideas
Experiment with variations, and explore and challenge a range of different solutions and ideas
Consciously change perspectives, and evaluate ideas and situations in new ways
Where appropriate, involve others in ideas and how they might change or be improved


4. Enhance creative thinking skills

Performance Criteria:

Consciously challenge and question own thought patterns and ways of responding to work and life situations
Identify and take opportunities to self-assess and to learn about new ideas and different ways of thinking
Take opportunities to practice and experiment with creative thinking techniques across work and life situations
Pro-actively talk to others about ways that new ideas and patterns of thinking can be encouraged and developed

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to use a range of skills to develop different creative options for workplace situations

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:

In-class activities including:-
Class discussions
Class presentations
Group work

Out-of-class activities including: -
Online research
Independent project based work



Teaching Schedule

 Classes will run weeks 2 & 3, and then run from weeks 6 thru to 16 or 17.

Class content   Elements
 Week 1  N/A                
 Week 2

Introduction to course
Assessment outline
Communication model and its impact in the workplace
Challenging own thought patterns
Defining creativity
Benefits of creativity
Questioning styles
Exploring sources of information
Problem solving



Element 1
1.1, 1,2, 1.3, 1.4

Element 2

 Week 3

Problem solving
Risk taking
Group decision making
Brainstorming/round robin brainstorming


 Formative assessment - Group decision making exercise Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
 Week 4  N / A    
 Week 5  N / A    
 Week 6

Organisational cultures
Blocks to creative thinking
Daydreaming as a source of creativity


  Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
 Week 7

Word salads
Inductive/deductive/lateral thinking

 Formative assessment - Submission of workplace log Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
 Week 8 Mind mapping   Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
 Week 9 Tree diagrams
Cause and effect diagrams
  Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
Week 10 Assessment - in class Summative assessment - Case study  
Week 11 Discussion boards   Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
Week 12 Edward de Bono’s six thinking hats   Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
Week 13 Testing ideas
Exploring alternatives
Evaluating alternatives
Summative assessment - Group presentation Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3 .4
Week 14 Relate creative ideas/options to the workplace   Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3 .4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Week 15

Work on final assessment
Role plays

 Summative assessment - Role play  
Week 16  Role plays Summative assessment - Role play Element 1
1.1, 1,2, 1.3, 1.4

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3 .4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class notes


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

None required

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include both individual and group creative thinking exercises


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course.

Formative Assessment:-
1 Group decision making exercises - week 3   2. Portfolio of workplace evidence - week 7

Summative Assessment:-
1. Case study - week 10
2. Group presentation - description and assessment of one critical thinking technique  - week 13
3. Role play - application of a creative thinking technique to a particular issue - weeks 15/16

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
CHD   Competent with High Distinction
CD      Competent with Distinction
CC      Competent with Credit
CAG   Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC    Not Yet Competent
DNS    Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of
Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a signed submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
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Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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