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BCA8001 Critical and Creative Thinking

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Critical and Creative Thinking
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100300 - Visual Arts and Crafts
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: David Akenson


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MSTA or MARA


The course is designed to introduce and develop critical and creative skills and relate them to specific discipline areas


The course introduces historical and theoretical approaches to critical and creative thought through a variety of contexts and debates in order to develop the critical and creative thought processes of the student, including the application of this process to practical tasks relevant to specific student requirements.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. an ability to identify key transitional moments in the history of creative thought
  2. a demonstrated ability to identify critical and creative thought processes through practical examples
  3. a demonstrated ability to critically reflect, and creatively develop theoretical and practical tasks in a collaborative context where appropriate.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The definition and formal processes of critical and creative thought 14.00
2. The value of critical and creative thought: from imagination to creative thought 14.00
3. Getting it right through getting it wrong: the dialectic of creative thought 14.00
4. The value of paradox, anomaly and contradiction 14.00
5. The value of play 14.00
6. Seeing double (seeing the same thing differently) 14.00
7. The role of collaboration in creativity. 16.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Readings will be place up on Study Desk via DiReCT and hard copies can be ordered and paid for through the USQBookshop (see above).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Brown, S 2009, Play: how it shapes the brain, opens the imagination and invigorates the soul, Avery, New York.
Cummings, LL, Hinton, BL & Gobdel, BC 1975, Creative behaviour as a function of task environment: impact of objectives, procedures and controls, Academy of Management Journal.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CREATIVE PROPOSAL 100 25 12 Aug 2019
CRITICAL ANALYSIS 100 25 07 Oct 2019
REFLECTIVE PAPER 100 50 28 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.