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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Cristina Neesham


This foundational unit focuses on the practice and development of key critical thinking and problem solving skills required by a business leader to achieve superior performance. Through interactive group work, role play, case studies and a variety of situational exercises, this unit will enable students to understand and apply analytical reasoning to:

  1. successfully manage business problems; and
  2. interpret and produce clear and sound arguments in relation to business issues of general interest. In addition, students will develop questioning strategies to support a critical inquiry approach to their learning and research activities throughout the Program.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. effectively interpret problem situations and the reasoning produced by self and others
  2. analyse and evaluate concepts, assumptions, explanations, arguments and solutions for business problems
  3. identify, correct and prevent errors in thinking and problem solving in business;
  4. apply strategic thinking to learning and personal development goals;
  5. apply ethical reasoning to problem solving and decision making in business.


Within semester assessment: 50% Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Cristina Neesham

Contact hours

Equivalent to 36 contact hours per semester


Students must be enrolled in course 0028