Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
March 4, 2024
6 Weeks
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
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Brief Description

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Module Description Module Code NFQ Level ECTS Credits Start Date Fees
Enhancing Critical and Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving PA5032 9 6 4/3/2024


This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award.

The programmes associated with this MicroCred are:

Critical thinking and problem solving have been widely identified as being essential to the workplace of the 21st Century, not least in the 2021 Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) Graduate Market Survey.  Using a highly interactive mode of learning, the module will develop understanding of and skills in critical thinking and problem solving and will explore the challenges of applying them in practice in the workplace. 

Learning outcomes:

On the successful completion of this module participants will be able to::

- Understand core concepts about critical thinking and problem solving, including problem understanding, the role of evidence, and the influence of bias / assumptions on decision making.

- Apply these core concepts to enable reflection of students own experiences and practices of thinking, analysis and problem solving

- Analyse the relationship between critical thinking and more effective problem solving, particularly as it applies to the workplace

- Collaborate in the production of a considered and critical analysis and resolution of a given problem

- appreciate the nature and impact of their own approaches to decision making in the workplace

- demonstrate how approaches to decision making and problem solving may have changed over time

- demonstrate their enhanced ability to solve problems

- recognise the need for a more complex and intellectually challenging approach to decision making and problem solving

- appreciate the emergence of the global citizen and global citizenship and its relationship with broader concepts of sustainable development and mutual concerns that transcend geographical, political, legal and cultural borders.


The programme is open to managers, supervisors, and employees from a variety of disciplines or sectors . Undergraduate degree or relevant experience

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.


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