Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver BSBCRT301A, 'Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Develop a questioning mindset

1.1. Develop the habit of asking questions from different perspectives

1.2. Take responsibility for exploring a variety of information sources to provide relevant answers to own questions

1.3. Sort through information and ideas to identify the central questions, issues and challenges

1.4. Challenge preconceptions and assumptions to determine actual constraints in defining a problem for resolution

2. Generate ideas and responses

2.1. Explore and use a range of creative thinking techniques to generate ideas and responses

2.2. Muse on, play around with and have fun with ideas in relation to a perceived objective

2.3. Identify and challenge blockers to creative thinking

2.4. Consider and explore realities beyond the current situation

2.5. Evaluate, and where appropriate, challenge existing boundaries to determine perceived or actual constraints

2.6. Show willingness to take risks with ideas and thought processes

2.7. Look around in familiar and unfamiliar places for new inspiration and habitually record observations, experiences, ideas and reflective thoughts to broaden personal knowledge base

2.8. Acknowledge and accept the opportunity for revelation when least expected

2.9. Identify connections and associations from things that seem unconnected

3. Challenge, test and re invent ideas

3.1. Identify, interrogate and challenge the assumptions behind ideas

3.2. Experiment with variations, and explore and challenge a range of different solutions and ideas

3.3. Consciously change perspectives, and evaluate ideas and situations in new ways

3.4. Where appropriate, involve others in ideas and how they might change or be improved

4. Enhance creative thinking skills

4.1. Consciously challenge and question own thought patterns and ways of responding to work and life situations

4.2. Identify and take opportunities to self-assess and to learn about new ideas and different ways of thinking

4.3. Take opportunities to practise and experiment with creative thinking techniques across work and life situations

4.4. Pro-actively talk to others about ways that new ideas and patterns of thinking can be encouraged and developed

Qualifications and Skillsets

BSBCRT301A appears in the following qualifications:

  • SIT40212 - Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism
  • BSB30307 - Certificate III in Micro Business Operations
  • SIT30612 - Certificate III in Events
  • CUS30109 - Certificate III in Music
  • CUS30309 - Certificate III in Music Business
  • CUS30209 - Certificate III in Technical Production
  • SIT60312 - Advanced Diploma of Hospitality
  • CUF20107 - Certificate II in Creative Industries (Media)
  • CUF40107 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • CUF40507 - Certificate IV in Costume for Performance
  • CUF40407 - Certificate IV in Make-up
  • CUF30307 - Certificate III in Scenery and Set Construction
  • CUF40207 - Certificate IV in Interactive Digital Media
  • CUF30107 - Certificate III in Media
  • CUF50407 - Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services
  • CUA30211 - Certificate III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events
  • CUV40511 - Certificate IV in Arts Administration
  • CUV40211 - Certificate IV in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts
  • CUV40311 - Certificate IV in Design
  • CUV30111 - Certificate III in Visual Arts
  • CUV50211 - Diploma of Ceramics
  • CUV40111 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts
  • CUV30211 - Certificate III in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts
  • CUV50111 - Diploma of Visual Arts
  • CUV40411 - Certificate IV in Photo Imaging
  • CUV50311 - Diploma of Graphic Design
  • SIT40312 - Certificate IV in Hospitality
  • SIT50312 - Diploma of Hospitality
  • SIS30512 - Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • CUA30413 - Certificate III in Live Production and Services
  • SIT60313 - Advanced Diploma of Hospitality
  • SIT40313 - Certificate IV in Hospitality
  • SIS30513 - Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • SIT50313 - Diploma of Hospitality
  • CUA40413 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services

And the skillsets: