LDS510 - Critical and Creative Thinking

Outline info
Semester
School
Last revision date 2017-10-20 15:59:30.385
Last review date 2017-11-13 00:15:00.852


Subject Title
Critical and Creative Thinking

Subject Description
Today more than ever, leaders need to be creative and critical thinkers in order to deal with all aspects of organizational, strategic and societal situations and environments. This course will build on the knowledge and skills covered in the previous courses. You will learn how to think creatively and critically in order to apply those skills to roles in the organization and in professional and personal situations. These skills will assist with analyzing information in order to respond to a wide variety of work and personal situations.

Credit Status
One full credit toward a Seneca College Certificate in the Leadership Development Series.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Define creative and critical thinking in relation to business and the role of a leader.
2. Explain creative and critical thinking as it applies to decision making.
3. Compare and contrast creative and critical thinking.
4. Explain the difference between thinking and knowing and the implications to business operations.
5. Compare and contrast deductive and inductive reasoning.
6. Assess your creative and critical thinking skills.
7. Analyze a presentation or argument based on statistical data including the accuracy of the data.
8. Debate an issue using creative and critical thinking skills.
9. Apply creative and critical thinking skills to a given situation or problem.
10. Develop strategies to improve creative and critical thinking skills for an individual or a team.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
None.

Topic Outline

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Statistical data and validity
  • Analysis skills
  • Inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Logic
  • Reflection

Mode of Instruction
Online

A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

Prescribed Texts
Online

Student resources are downloaded as part of the course

Reference Material
None.

Required Supplies
None.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignment due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail.  Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:  

http:/senecacollege.ca/library

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the even of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency:

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Students must achieve an overall grade of 60% in order to pass the course.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 

Online:

Self assessment 10%
Group assignments 30%
Case study 15% 
Magazine project 45%


Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Academic Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Chair - Business Studies Danielle Mercier