Course Title: Apply critical thinking to work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2023

Course Code: BUSM6652C

Course Title: Apply critical thinking to work practices

School: 515T Creative Industries

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4414 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4683

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Frances Tatarovic


Nominal Hours: 50

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 learn the skills and knowledge required to use advanced-level critical thinking skills in a workplace context. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCRT411 Apply critical thinking to work practices


1. Establish role of critical thinking in workplace

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify key characteristics of critical thinking processes 1.2 Evaluate situations in which critical thinking concepts are applied in work practices 1.3 Articulate benefits of applying critical thinking practices in the workplace


2. Lead critical thinking process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Analyse existing and proposed work practices and identify limitations 2.2 Locate information on selected work practices for the development of solutions 2.3 Determine solutions for workplace limitations using critical thinking concepts 2.4 Develop a proposal for solutions using a decision-making framework according to organisational policies and procedures 2.5 Present ideas for solutions and justify decision making process to relevant stakeholders


3. Develop critical thinking mindset

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Review decision making practices in the work area 3.2 Seek feedback from relevant stakeholders on use of critical thinking from relevant stakeholders 3.3 Identify areas for self-development in relation to own job role 3.4 Develop plan for future process evaluations and incorporate improvements identified

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. 

Details of Learning Activities

Apply critical thinking to work practices is run consecutively after Apply Work Health and Safety Practices and is delivered over 9 weeks (Weeks 10 to 19).

You will complete exercises, and you will also be required to undertake independent study.

In-session activities will include:

  • research
  • analysis
  • synthesis and evaluation
  • group work and discussion 
  • presentations by teacher
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • review and self reflection


Out-of-session activities will include:

  • independent project based work
  • group work including surveys
  • online tutorials and activities
  • independent research

Teaching Schedule

WeekTopicAssessment / Learning activities
Week 10

Course overview and introduction

Assessment task 1: Critical Solutions

BSBCRT411- Apply critical thinking to work practices

Stage 1: Inquiring – identifying.

Guided learning activity
Looking at resources

Week 11 Stage 1: Inquiring – identifying
Stage 2: Using critical thinking to explore and analyse ideas

AT1- Stage 1
Group brainstorm

Week 12

Stage 2: Using critical thinking to explore and analyse ideas

AT1- Stage 1

Guided learning activity
Research and consolidation
Group feedback

Week 13 Stage 2: Using critical thinking to explore and analyse ideas

AT1- Stage 1 DUE

AT1- Stage 2

Guided learning activities; Swot Analysis & Mind Map
Create a survey 

Week 14

Stage 2: Survey results


AT1- Stage 2 DUE

Group feedback 
Survey results

Organisational documents on governance, policy and procedures.


Week 15

Stage 3: Evaluate, analyse and present ideas

Informal presentations


AT1- Stage 3, Report and initial presentations

Guided report writing
Informal group presentations (1)
Group feedback


Week 16

Stage 3: Continued

Assessment task 2: Review and reflection

AT1- Stage 3 DUE,  Report and initial presentations

Formal main presentations  (2)

Assessment task 2: Review and Reflection
Group discussion

Week 17 Assessment task 2: Review and reflection

Assessment task 2 : Review and Reflection
Group review

Assessment task 2: DUE

Week 18 Resubmissions

Students should be available for resubmissions.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students.

The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing:

and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral/written presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.  

Assessment Tasks

Project allows students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to develop the habit of thinking in a more critical way in the workplace; looking at things differently, asking questions, gathering opinions and arguments to critically access the limitations of workplace practice in response to a number of workplace needs. Each assessment will be undertaken in a simulated workplace environment: the design studio environment.

Assessment task 1: Critical Solutions 

Stage 1: Week 13
Stage 2: Week 14
Stage 2: Week 16


Assessment task 2: Review and Reflection

DUE: Week 17

Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

At the completion of the course, you will be deemed competent or not yet competent using the following grade table:

CA Competency Achieved 
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 matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress 
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy


Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (e.g. applying for an extension of time):

On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission 
On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your competency assessment. 
Submissions that are assessed as Not Satisfactory can be re-submitted once and this is only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.

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.


When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-­digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e­ Submission process.

Information about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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