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: A/Professor Susanne Tepe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2899

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.59

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

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

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.1 You will demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the OHS Body of Knowledge allowing you to reflect critically on OHS theory and professional practice
1.2 You will demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods for the maintenance and expansion of your OHS knowledge base
2.1 You will have skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories.
3.1 You will be able to apply knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in OHS professional practice.
4.1 You will have communication and research skills to interpret OHS issues and justify OHS decisions for specialist and non-specialist audiences.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide health and safety information appropriate to the work place
  2. Use different techniques to convey information about work place 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

Key concepts and their application will be set out in face to face lectures and suggested readings.  
Case studies and exercises on selected topics will build your capacity to think critically and analytically. You will have to write reports which will develop your communications skills.
You will receive feedback on your understanding and academic progress during tutorial discussion and when assignments are returned.

Module details are:

  • Introduction to critical thinking and professional practice
  • Understanding the context and gathering information
  • Representing information and data through process and flow charts
  • Stakeholder influences and systems thinking
  • Decision making models and taking action
  • Evaluation
  • Ethical considerations
  • Communications

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more. 

Total Study Hours

144 (lectures, tutorials, assessments, research, private study)


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be directed to a range of texts, journal articles and other web based material that provide a current understanding of the knowledge in this area.
Lectures and other materials will be available on my RMIT (Blackboard). 
Collaborate and other web based video tools may be used to provide on-line real time discussion in tutorials with students. 

Overview of Assessment

. Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment is at AQF8 level:

  1. Written literature review (20%)

   This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,4


  1. Written assignment on critical thinking (25%)

This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3,4


  1. Written assignment on OHS decision making (25%)

This assessment supports CLOs 2,3,4


  1. Reflective journal on personal decision making processes (30%)

This assessment supports CLOs 2,4

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures