Critical Thinking Course

"Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information as a guide to belief and action."

Critical thinking is the foundation of effective problem solving and decision making and enables us to avoid common obstacles, test our beliefs and assumptions, and correct distortions in our thought processes.

Critical Thinking short course strengthens your ability to objectively analyze and assess problems accurately, evaluate alternative solutions, and anticipate likely risks. Learn a range of proven tools and techniques readily transferable on the job to identify challenges and respond to them in a structured and considered manner. Gain practical guidance on implementing these skills in your workplace to pressure test ideas quickly and constructively.

You will learn to

  • Understand the fundamentals of critical thinking and why it matters • Identify, analyze, and evaluate different perspectives about a problem and solutions
  • Recognize unstated assumptions, cognitive biases and heuristics as well as tactics to overcome them
  • Better define the causes of problems before they occur and learn to leverage creativity in assisting with problem-solving
  • Apply systematic reflective practice to examine and update your assumptions continually.
  • Apply a range of methods for bringing critical thinking to your problem-solving activities

No prior knowledge is assumed.

Duration: 1 Day

Delivery Mode:  On-campus and remote. You choose how you would like to attend.

Presenter Information

Fateme Zare, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) Research Associate

Fateme Zare, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
Research Associate

Fateme Zare is a researcher at the University of New South Wales Canberra and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). Fateme has more than 10 years of research, teaching and practical experience in model-based decision support processes using Systems Thinking and critical thinking with a focus on the integration of human–natural systems modelling. She has substantial experience in participatory, transdisciplinary and complex research. She has studied the integration of different aspects of problem-solving and modelling. One aspect of her research focuses on using different methodology and techniques to develop a comprehensive problem definition in integrated, interconnected, and complex human-natural systems. Social aspects of the decision-making and human aspect of the process are critical to the structure and evaluate decision support processes and enhance complex systems' robustness.

Course Information

  • Introduction to Critical Thinking and Benefits of critical thinking in the workplace
  • Critical thinking as a management skill
  • Different thinking styles
  • The Critical Thinking Process
  • Lightweight tools and resources to bring critical thinking to your everyday job
  • Human influential factors on decision-making process and how to avoid them

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.