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MGMT20135 Critical Thinking and Managerial Decision-Making
Critical Thinking and Managerial Decision-Making
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General Information


This unit is designed to introduce the importance of critical thinking to the process of decision-making in a managerial setting. The key aspects of critical thinking and reasoning, including knowledge, comprehension, analysis and application are considered. You will develop significant skills in building effective arguments by constructing, analysing, and critically evaluating arguments in the process of effective decision-making. You will apply these skills to data and information related to typical business decisions. The aim is to communicate effectively and collaborate with others in order to generate solutions to multi-faceted business problems in a simulated business environment. You will also be introduced to a range of techniques available to assist better group decision-making and how such skills may be applied in real-life business situations.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2017


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Formal Feedback


The assessment criteria need more explanation


It is recommended to explain fully the specific assessment criteria.

Feedback from Formal Feedback


This course consistently received strong evaluations which would suggest that the students find this class a positive learning experience.


It is recommended to continue with all aspects of the course identified by the students as positive--especially the debate.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. effectively apply appropriate modes of inquiry to gather, generate, and evaluate information relevant to typical business decisions
  2. define the processes of deduction, induction, and other key elements of logical reasoning such as the differences among facts, inferences, assumptions, opinions, and theories
  3. interpret evidence and findings, especially concerning alternative positions different from their own
  4. evaluate the quality of reasoning behind arguments, interpretations, and/or beliefs and evaluate your own positions and conclusions through reflective thinking
  5. communicate and defend your positions or conclusions by evaluating the validity of ideas and information, providing evidence and support, and arguing against competing claims when applicable
  6. create new ideas, positions, solutions, and techniques by critically examining emerging business issues, solving problems and applying knowledge and theory to novel situations.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 30%
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