The Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Course
Duration: 2 hours
Materials: Text, Videos, Infographics, Quizzes
Focus: Critical thinking and problem solving go hand in hand. We introduce ideas and rubrics about critical thinking, particularly its importance and relevance in the workplace. This is one of the core soft skills requirements of graduate employers.
Takeaways: LinkedIn microcredential and Certificate
What is the Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Course about?
The Critical Thinking and Problem – Solving Course is a one module micro course that is part of our soft skills development range. Students can take the 8 unit course on any device at their own pace. Each module is designed to support both domestic and international students through the process of developing the soft skills of critical thinking and problem solving. The course is designed to be part of a package of online courses that are offered to students through a co-branded employability training platform, custom-built to support the value proposition of your institution.
We specialise in the production and delivery of unique employability training websites that comply with client brand guidelines. These sites provide ongoing student engagement with your brand and our award-winning content.
This course complements our other award-winning courses that we deliver to your students under your brand.
Consider your Successful Graduate platform as a plug-in that adds employability to your student value proposition.
Modules 1 & 2
Employer surveys in Australia often identify that graduate employers are looking for job seekers who possess strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Most employers want graduates to join existing teams of people and quickly contribute to workflow. Workplaces always have problems to solve. Imagine a new graduate joining an engineering firm as an engineering graduate and being tasked with organising a presentation for their boss to give. Are they ready for this?
Essentially critical thinking aims to ensure that we have good reasons for our beliefs. But what does that mean? It means that we need to have logical thought processes that allow us to develop arguments that are convincing. Students are introduced to the concept of developing a critical thinking journal to help develop their critical thinking skills over the long term with practice.
Units 3 - 5
LOGIC + ARGUMENTS
To really develop proper logical and critical thinking skills, students need to understand the concepts behind confirmation bias, gathering knowledge, using logic to build an argument and start to apply these concepts in their day to day thinking.
Open-mindedness is one of the most sought-after employee traits and it is critical to job success. Being open-minded means you have a willingness to listen to other ideas and opinions and consider the possibility that you are wrong or may change your own perspective. This can be an important quality in the workplace. Clearly, open-mindedness and critical thinking go hand in hand. Students need to be able to consider other perspectives if they are to logically evaluate a situation in order to make a decision.
Units 6 - 8
When we are aware that we can choose and direct our thinking, we realise that we have the ability to better control the circumstances of our lives, improve our decision-making processes and generally live more productive lives. Students are taught how to frame problems, look at them from different angles, and consider several possible solutions to the problem.
Employers want to hire graduates that have critical thinking and problem solving skills. Ultimately, an employer wants graduates to have the ability to solve problems on their own, as part of a team or with their help. By applying the steps outlined in the course, we help your students along the path of improving their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
At the end of the course, students proceed to download their course certificate. We provide instructions on how to load their certificate and our LinkedIn microcredential to their LinkedIn profile, signalling to employers that they are job-ready.
Many customers on-board their future or commencing students to their Successful Graduate platform, introducing employability skills from the start of their student journey.
You can choose our different courses for different cohorts. We can even customise your training materials to suit industries and faculties.
Imagine the power of every student at your institution being taught Successful Graduate employability skills. We are focused on giving you that power through scale.
Robust Course Design
Our course writers are dedicated industry professionals. We only work with course writers who have been there and worked directly with students as international education staff, qualified careers counsellors and academics. You can rest easy, assured that their materials are blended into professional videos, infographics, course workbooks and quizzes that are designed to maximise student learning and outcome. Successful Graduate has been awarded as a global finalist for multiple employability awards. Remember, our mission is to help students enter the world of work faster, while reaching their potential. All courses offer flexible learning frameworks and are WCAG compliant.
Would you prefer course content that suits a particular industry? Are your students preparing for a work integrated learning placement? Do you have your own material that you want to be embedded into our course templates? We provide course customisation to suit your needs.
The education technology industry has spawned some amazing opportunities for education providers. At Successful Graduate, we have focused upon delivering high quality, best practice employability learning materials, and delivering them under the brand of each of our education industry customers. Students are encouraged to upload their course certificates and our Successful Graduate Certifications to their LinkedIn profile. As the edtech industry matures, we remain at the forefront of Microcredentialling recognition and policy development, to the benefit of your students.