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Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

Many individuals attend university to attain a degree that will allow them to enhance their job prospects. One of the most important - and most overlooked - aspects of obtaining a qualification in tertiary education however, is the ability to think critically and creatively. That is why this online Critical and Creative Thinking unit, offered by Open Universities Australia through Murdoch University, is so very important.

This unit, which is delivered entirely online, comprehensively addresses the methods of effective thinking, allowing students to practise and develop their critical thinking skills. Such a skillset is highly valued amongst employers, and will put students in a strong position for future employment or further academic studies.

Considering how competitive job market is, students would do well to undertake this unit and differentiate themselves from other candidates.



There are no prerequisites for this unit; so anyone can apply.

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Murdoch University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Critical and Creative Thinking unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Critical thinking: what is it?
  • Logical, illogical and non-logical in the learning guide and orientation from textbook
  • Recognising arguments
  • Analysing arguments
  • More valid argument forms
  • Definition
  • Logic: deductive validity from Bowell & Kemp, Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide, 2nd ed.
  • Evaluating arguments
  • Causal analysis
  • Reasonable beliefs
  • Fallacies
  • Rules for writing and category mistakes in the learning guide
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

On completion of the unit, students will have developed their ability to think on a higher level, something that will prove invaluable when it comes to confronting the oncoming freight train that is the world of full-time work.

Students will learn to apply their critical thinking skills to both every day and academic contexts, as they will have to examine and reconstruct the forms of reasoning used by people in these areas, including implicit and explicit statements and expressions.

In addition to this resume-boosting skill, students will improve their ability to communicate through the written word, and will be taught to correctly use argumentative and critical English. Oral communication will also be enhanced, through robust discussion of the concepts and ideas covered within this unit. The more general skills of evaluation, deconstruction and discussion of theory and essay writing will also prove useful should students continue with on to complete further academic studies.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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