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MICROCREDENTIAL

Structured Thinking and Planning

Become a creative, critical and strategic thinker with a short course designed to level up your analytical skills. This UTS Open microcredential will equip you with a structured approach to complex problem solving in the digital era, preparing you to add value in your current and future roles.

About this microcredential

Complex problem-solving has been identified as one of the top three future of work skills. This highly interactive microcredential will prepare you to become a structured thinker and planner who can design, develop and apply solutions to wicked challenges.

Under the guidance of world-leading academics in the UTS Business School, you’ll learn to use the transdisciplinary problem-solving tools and techniques employed by the world’s top management consultancies including McKinsey, BCG and Bain. You’ll explore the fundamental concepts of structured thinking and planning and the biases that impede effective decision making, gaining the skills to construct structured narratives that provide a blueprint for success.

By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to develop realistic and achievable solutions within any workplace environment.

Key benefits of this microcredential

In this microcredential you will:

  • Apply structured thinking and planning tools to identify challenges and create solutions
  • Enhance your research skills to critically assess different data types to gain in-depth insights relevant to specific challenges
  • Improve your problem-solving skills as you gain the tools for structured analysis
  • Construct and effectively communicate a strategic and persuasive argument for a specific audience.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Structured Thinking and Planning (26844) in the Executive MBA

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for professionals across a wide range of industries with an interest in consulting, problem solving, analysis, persuasive communication, and critical and creative thinking, including:

  • leaders with an interest in operational and strategic planning and management
  • marketing and sales professionals seeking evidence-based decision-making skills to better serve their clients
  • entrepreneurs and start-up employees with an interest in effective data gathering and analysis
  • information technology professionals, product developers and product managers who want to create strong feedback loops between product users and improvement initiatives
  • other professionals looking to develop their consulting skills in order to address external or internal consulting needs.

Price

Full price: $2,988 (GST free)*

Special price: $2,391 (GST free)* Special price offer ends one month before the course commences.

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

This course is structured into five modules. Each module includes self-study materials and facilitated online sessions

  • Module 1 – The nature of and need for structured thinking
  • Module 2 – The biases that affect problem solving and strategic communication
  • Module 3 – Tools for structured analysis and problem solving in the context of complex problems
  • Module 4 – Constructing structured narrative and implementation roadmap
  • Module 5 – Structured thinking and problem solving in the context of wicked problems

Course learning objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to/This course is designed to provide you with

  1. Critically evaluate the need for structured thinking
  2. Construct and effectively communicate a strategic narrative
  3. Assess situations to use structured thinking when solving complex issues

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Individual project plan (Individual) - Weighting: 40%
Assessment task: Students submit a project plan outlining the challenge they work on, the type of data they gather, a plan for how they analyse the data, and a project management plan with key milestones.

  • Length: up to 15 slides

Assessment Criteria:

  • Demonstrate skills to define complex challenges
  • Develop research and project management skills

Assessment task 2: Individual project (Individual) - Weighting: 60%

Assessment task: Students complete a project focused on analysing and developing a plan for addressing a complex challenge within their organizational environment. They submit a structured report outlining analysis, insights, and supporting evidence. The report is designed as a structured and persuasive pitch and presented via a short video.

  • Length: up to 30 slides, 3 min recorded video pitch

Assessment Criteria:

  • Demonstrates skills in structured analysis
  • Develops realistic and achievable course of action
  • Information is communicated effectively for specific audience

In order to pass this course, participants must complete both assessment tasks and achieve an overall mark of 50 and above (minimum Pass). The weighting for each assessment task is indicated in brackets.

Discounts

Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • Bulk Enrolment Discount 5%
    • 2-3 Enrolments in Business School Microcredentials (Same Person or Small Team) 
  • UTS Alumni Discount 5%
  • Bulk Enrolment Discount – 3-4 Enrolments in Business School Microcredentials (Same Person or Small Team) 10%

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (UTS alumni)

  • Please contact the team at support@open.uts.edu.au with your student number to obtain your discount voucher code. 

 

Contact information

$2,391.00

START DATE

04 July

MODE

Online

DURATION

7 wks

COMMITMENT

Avg 10 hrs p/w

Meet the experts

Associate Professor Natalia Nikolova

Associate Professor Natalia Nikolova
Co-Director of UTS EMBA

Natalia is Co-Director of UTS EMBA and one of the lead academics in the UTS Futures Academy. She has a PhD in economic and political sciences (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Cologne, Germany. Before joining the UTS Business School, she was a visiting researcher at the Australian Graduate School of Management. Prior to that, she was a senior lecturer at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Natalia's research interests are quite diverse including organisational practices, strategy, innovation and leadership. She is passionate about bringing insights from different disciplines to explore complex issues and phenomena. Natalia has worked on a number of projects with industry partners including Mirvac, the Royal Australian AirForce, Mercer, BAE Systems Australia, and Spencer Stuart. She has published in academic journals and books and her work has been presented and recognised at a number of international conferences. She has an extensive experience as an innovative educator and facilitator in the fields of business strategy, innovation, problem solving and leadership.

      

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Book a session

Mon 04 Jul 2022 -
Sun 21 Aug 2022
Expert: Associate Professor Natalia Nikolova
  • Online learning will be conducted via UTS Open Canvas LMS and Zoom. Supporting learning recordings will be available for registered participants.
  • Online
  • 4 sessions, 4 hours total

Self-managed enrolments close at 6.59pm Monday 04 July 2022. If you anticipate a late enrolment, please email business.micros@uts.edu.au.

Mon 29 Aug 2022 -
Sun 16 Oct 2022
Expert: Associate Professor Natalia Nikolova
  • Online learning will be conducted via UTS Open Canvas LMS and Zoom. Supporting learning recordings will be available for registered participants.
  • Online
  • 4 sessions, 4 hours total

Self-managed enrolments close at 6.59pm Monday 29 October 2022. If you anticipate a late enrolment, please email business.micros@uts.edu.au.

Mon 24 Oct 2022 -
Sun 11 Dec 2022
Expert: Associate Professor Natalia Nikolova
  • Online learning will be conducted via UTS Open Canvas LMS and Zoom. Supporting learning recordings will be available for registered participants.
  • Online
  • 4 sessions, 4 hours total

Self-managed enrolments close at 6.59pm Monday 24 October 2022. If you anticipate a late enrolment, please email business.micros@uts.edu.au.

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