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SCA1002 Introduction to Creative and Critical Thinking

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Janet McDonald


Within an employment climate of great disruption, constant change and emerging opportunities, creative and critical thinking are essential skills for all university graduates. This course is foundational and designed to encourage students to apply a variety of strategies to increase the efficacy of critical and creative thinking when applied to a diverse range of communities and workplaces. Creative and critical thinking skills are necessary effective problem-solving in a wide range of professional and educational contexts. This is especially true in fields where human beings, their stories and complexities are at the heart of the professional enterprise. Creative and critical skills are essential to ethical and effective practice in complex human-related environments.

This foundational course develops students' creative and critical thinking skills through the introduction of historical, theoretical and practical approaches. The ability to play, experiment, reflect and collaborate in solving problems will be introduced as key strategies for assisting students to use critical and creative thinking. Through engagement with specific examples of critical and creative thought, students will develop the critical and creative skills necessary for practice within the creative professions and beyond.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Investigate experimentation and play to increase an understanding of creative and critical thinking.
  2. Apply critical and creative thought processes to the analysis of practical examples.
  3. Recognise and leverage ambiguity and collaboration to scaffold critical and creative strategy.
  4. Apply reflective techniques to understand paradox, anomaly and contradiction.
  5. Examine and leverage the key debates in the field of critical and creating thinking for use in employability scenarios.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The definition and processes around how to undertake critical and creative thinking for a range of purposes, including professional and academic contexts. 20.00
2. Ambiguity in learning: play and experimentation 20.00
3. The value of paradox, anomaly and contradiction. 20.00
4. The role of collaboration in creative strategies for employability. 20.00
5. Critical thinking and reflection. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay No 20 1
Assignments Written Problem Solving No 30 3,4
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 50 2,3,5
Date printed 10 February 2023