Critical Thinking

Beyond the box: Critical thinking skills

Save time, money, and stress by leaving emotional reactions behind and building the most important teachable skill in business.

Are you passively following along with other people’s ideas? Unsure why you can’t get the results you want? Great employees use creativity to problem-solve—and real independent thinking is what makes a leader. But these skills need practice! This course will help you develop the skills to analyse and discuss issues from a range of perspectives, ultimately learning to deliver fair assessments, make better decisions, and influence others with your clear reasoning. Ideal for professionals looking to perform at high levels, it will reveal just how much your biases may be holding you back.

  • What is covered in the course?

    • What shortcuts are commonly taken in thinking, and to what effect?
    • How can I avoid being tripped up by conventional modes of thought?
    • What factors are influencing my current approach?
    • How can I recognise personal prejudices moving forward?
    • How can I challenge assumptions in my field?
    • What tools can I employ to better express my reasoning?
    • How can I use these skills to influence other people?
  • Should I attend?

    This course is ideal for anyone wanting to deepen their critical thinking skills.

    Extend your learning and deepen your critical thinking skills through highly effective activities.

  • How will I benefit?

    Improvements to your quality and clarity of thinking will have direct positive impacts on your work output and personal life. You will optimise your productivity, expand your perceptions, and feel assured in your own estimations.

  • How will my organisation benefit?

    Your workplace will gain a creative, independent thinker with a developed capacity for anticipating problems, predicting demands, and taking initiative. You’ll also be able to share the strategies you learn with colleagues, encouraging precision and ingenuity of thought across the organisation.

    Need customised training for your organisation?

    Contact our team to discuss customising this course to meet your needs.


  • AQF Equivalence, Articulation Pathways CPD Points and Certification

    • Participants will receive a soft copy University of Adelaide Certificate of Completion.
    • This PACE course may contribute to earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or credit. Many professional associations accredit CPD at a standard rate of 1 hour of professional development / learning = 1 CPD point. This should be used as a guide only and confirmation should be sought from your accrediting body prior to registration in any PACE course or program.
The course has certainly got me thinking! It has provided me with useful tools to deal with different situations, both at work & personally.past participant

Enter our online learning space

Your course will be delivered via our virtual learning platform and includes the following:

  • access to online course materials and activities 1 week prior to live virtual learning session
  • online support and interaction with your facilitator and course coordinator
  • live virtual learning sessions with your facilitator
  • further self-learning resources to embed your learning
  • post course evaluation.

You will need:

  • computer or tablet
  • web browser Chrome or Firefox to view your course online
  • webcam, headphones and microphone
  • internet connection (broadband or 4G minimum)
  • notepaper and pen
  • a willingness to participate and engage with the instructor and other course participants
  • if your first language is not English, you must be equipped to demonstrate English Language Proficiency throughout your short course enrolment at a minimum IELTS Level 6.5 in all bands in line with the University of Adelaide’s Minimum English Language Requirements.

Available course dates:


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