20 credits at level HE7
This module is designed to develop and extend knowledge and understanding of
critical discourse that underpins discipline - specific practice. It pays particular
attention to the process that leads to critical appraisal and evaluation in order to
develop critical thinking skills. It will:
*Raise awareness and put into practice a critical approach;
* Challenge assumptions and values thus leading to the formulation of students own
conclusions and insights;
* Develop structural and comparative skills within a written outcome;
* Develop research initiatives and extend research and writing skills
* Enable student led inquiry based on aspects of their practice within the Diploma;
* Facilitate a deeper understanding of the critical contexts and frameworks that
underpin their discipline.
Critical thinking skills including description/analysis/interpretation and evaluation
Identification of key theoretical texts within a literature review
Student led presentations of key text/s
Application of theory to practice
Development of critical approaches
Creative thinking techniques
Theory in context appropriate discourse relevant to programme specific field/s
The assignment stages are
1 Identification of assignment field
2 Written proposal including topic and research strategy and time management plan
3 Student led presentation of text critical interpretation
4 Tutor supervision of assignment
5 Student led presentation of work in progress - critical thinking
6 Submission of assignment
Teaching and contact time -20 hours
Self directed study 180 hours
This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures; seminars, workshops
and tutorials both face to face and on- line. For example, e tutorials. Some
components of the module will be delivered across postgraduate disciplines as
common aspects of Critical Thinking in Practice. For example, Creative Thinking
Subject specialist staff within individual programmes will deliver theory in context. This
will support each student in the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma.
Assessment is by written outcome based on the assignment/s brief for each
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Produce a written outcome which is underpinned by critical analysis and evaluation.||
1.1 Clearly and coherently articulate a critical Framework appropriate to the topic.
1.2 Demonstrate a breadth and depth of research sources and types based on a critical
selection of sources
1.3 Clearly communicate a rigorous interrogation of relevant theoretical material leading to a critical approach
1.4 Communicate the application of advanced level research and study skills underpinned by critical thinking
|2.||Produce a written outcome which demonstrates an understanding of professional academic format||
2.1 Focus and arguments are clear and coherent and reflect the assignment.
2.2 Research is in evidence and underpinned by the correct methodologies Harvard etc.
2.3 Analyses and interpretation is lucid, insightful and effectively communicated
2.4 Prose is objective, coherent and free of significant errors of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Typographical error is negligible and Harvard referencing is consistent.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Demonstrate through written format (essay/report) of professional academic standard a discursive and scholarly text. This will be based on an advanced body of research that employs the appropriate theoretical/context ual/critical considerations.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Alder, H (2002) Boost your Creative Intelligence London: Kogan Page.
Buzan, T (2002) How to Mind Map NY: Thorsons.
Cameron, J (2002) Walking in this World USA: Rider.
De Bon, E (1990) Lateral Thinking London: Harper Press.
Gilhooly, K.J. (1988) Thinking: Directed, Undirected, And Creative. London: Harcourt
Michaiko, M (1988) Thinker toys USA: Ten Speed Press
Rawlinson, G (1986) Creative Thinking and Brainstorming London: Wildwood House
White, S.P. (1998) New Ideas about New Ideas London: Perseus Publishing.
Indicative reading for Theory in Context
The assignment guide for the individual programmes will supply the indicative
reading appropriate to the individual specialist field.
|Host Subject Group:||Art and Design|
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