Critical and Systems Thinking (ENGG5811)

UNIT OF STUDY

Critical & Systems Thinking is the first of a two unit sequence dealing with the analytical abilities required in deciding and communicating management strategy for complex large-scale projects. As first in the sequence, the unit develops skills in making basic critical judgments on complex problem situations involving uncertainty, incomplete information and dynamically interacting technical and non- technical systems and contexts. There is a particular focus on the ability to articulate a critical, well- reasoned response at a level that contributes usefully to project strategy discussions. The unit is pitched at the level of Associate to Practitioner (Levels 2 to 3) on the Project Management Learning Progression Table, addressing the critical thinking and systems thinking dimensions of Project Communication and Project Development. At this level, you are not necessarily expected to produce fully researched and optimised solutions to the problems posed, but you do need to be able to clearly define the main problem at hand, organise and filter relevant evidence and issues, identify and evaluate logical connections, recognise critical assumptions and uncertainties, reach well-reasoned conclusions, develop and reflect on your own personal views and present critical arguments in a constructive manner to colleagues and supervisors. These abilities are essential foundations for the broader, more thoroughgoing analysis of complex system dynamics and the potential implications of particular management strategies to be developed in the subsequent Critical Thinking & Complex Systems Assessment unit of study and in other advanced Project Management units.

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Classes

3hr seminar/workshop per week.

Assessment

Through semester assessment (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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