Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

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Creative, Critical & Design Thinking

Change the way you think.

Boost your problem-solving skills with innovative approaches

Course Descriptions


Courses may be taken in any order. There are no prerequisites for any courses.

Students must complete all 3 courses (9 units) in order to qualify for a Certificate of Completion.

CCD 101 Cultivating Creative Thinking (3 Units)

This course focuses on the use of creative thinking skills to discover fresh and original ways to solve problems. It provides opportunities to compile a toolkit of creative thinking techniques to generate, evaluate, and select new ideas and solutions. Topics explored in the course include the right and left sides of the brain, thinking hats, creative principles/models, and creative strategies that impact thinking, relating, and performing/acting in the workplace, at home, and in society.

CCD 102 Critical Thinking for Problem Solving (3 Units)

In this course, students will learn ways to think critically in order to identify and create solutions to difficult problems. This course also provides opportunities to examine the stages and processes of critical thinking as well as multiple problem solving models. Practical activities will enhance students’ critical thinking skills for working and living in today’s complex world.

CCD 103 Design Thinking (3 Units)

This course will enable students to use design thinking methodology to assess problems and challenges, discover and use relevant data, develop design solutions, and construct prototypes for validation. Students will also learn how design thinking is a valuable tool in today’s global and mobile world with applicability in diverse fields and how it is a ‘go to’ tool for innovators and creators. This course may be taken as an elective in the Marketing program.