Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Summer semester B 2014 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Cristina Neesham


This foundational unit focuses on the practice and development of key critical thinking skills required by a business leader to achieve superior performance. Through interactive group work, role play, case studies and a variety of situational exercises, this unit will introduce students to methods of analytical reasoning to successfully manage business problems and interpret and produce clear and sound arguments in relation to business issues of general interest. In addition, students will develop questioning strategies to support a critical inquiry approach to their learning and research activities throughout the program.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. effectively interpret problem situations and the reasoning produced by self and others
  2. analyse and evaluate concepts, assumptions, explanations, arguments and solutions for business problems
  3. identify, correct and prevent errors in thinking and problem solving in business
  4. consider strategic and ethical thinking in individual and business contexts
  5. develop capabilities to be future generators of sustainable economic, social and environmental value for business.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in 0028, 3184, 3185, 3189, 3190, 3196, 3198, 3839 or 3849 to undertake this unit.