Course Title: Critical Thinking and Decision Making

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Thinking and Decision Making

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Katrin Leifels

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2813

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.27

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment, Weds 2.00-4.00pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction into postgraduate learning. It will assist you to develop skills in acquiring information related to OHS theories, research and practices, and making decisions related to OHS. You will specifically explore:

  • Literature search and reviews
  • Data relevant to OHS
  • Research methods including action research
  • Ethical decisions in research and professional practice

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

In this course you will develop the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • You will demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods for the maintenance and expansion of your OHS knowledge base.
  • You will have skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories.
  • You will be able to apply knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in OHS professional practice.
  • You will have communication and research skills to interpret OHS issues and justify OHS decisions for specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide health and safety information appropriate to the workplace
  2. Use different techniques to convey information about workplace issues
  3. Understand different research methods and how each contributes to the knowledge base of OHS
  4. Critically evaluate the information, logic and processes that underpin OHS decisions 



Overview of Learning Activities

This course is provided in mixed mode with lectures provided at the beginning of the semester, followed by online real time tutorials to further explore the issues raised in the block lectures. 

  • Lectures: Note – it is a mandatory requirement for students to be present in the intensive face-to-face teaching week at the beginning of the semester.
  • Presentations and group discussions 
  • Practical exercises; and 
  • Independent study.

Total Study hours:  A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising: 

  • Teacher-guided activities: lectures at the beginning of the semester, practical classes and on-line real time tutorials
  • Student-directed activities: You are expected to study independently managing your own learning progress

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems (including Canvas).

Lecture notes, reference lists, library resources and specialised software will also be made available to students in this course. ‘Collaborate’ and other web-based tools will be used to provide online real time discussion in tutorials.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment consists of:

Task 1: Individual work: Critical Literature review. 20% Weighting. CLO1, CLO4.

Task 2: Individual work: Written assignment to assess students’ understanding of OHS incidents and/or data. 25% Weighting. CLO1,CLO2, CLO4.

Task 3: Individual work: Written assignment to assess students’ ability to make profound decisions. 25% Weighting. CLO3, CLO4.

Task 4: Individual work: Written assignment – Reflective Journal. 30% Weighting. CLO2, CLO4.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.