MBA5730 - Critical thinking - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

MBA Program


Professor Patrick Butler

Unit guides



  • Summer semester B 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


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%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must be enrolled in 0028 to undertake this unit.