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Creative, Critical & Design Thinking

Change the way you think.

Boost your problem-solving skills with innovative approaches

CCD 101 - Cultivating Creative Thinking C21

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
39 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Patsy Marshall
Course Dates:
01/13/2020 - 04/12/2020

Required Course Materials:
Ebook: Vogel, T. (2014). Breakthrough thinking: A guide to creative thinking and idea generation. Blue Ash, OH: HOW Books.
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:
This course focuses on the use of creative thinking skills to discover fresh and original ways to
solve real life problems. It provides opportunities to compile a toolkit of creative thinking
techniques to generate, evaluate, and select new ideas and solutions. Topics explored in the
course include the right and left sides of the brain, thinking hats, creative principles/models,
and creative strategies that impact thinking, relating, and performing/acting in the workplace,
at home, and in society.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will:
  • Demonstrate how the 4P’s of creativity framework cultivates creative thinking skills.
  • Explain how the qualities of creative thinking are used to solve problems.
  • Build a toolkit of divergent and convergent thinking tools that enhance creative competencies.
  • Apply creative thinking principles by Edward De Bono, Leonardo Da Vinci and Ned Hermann to communication, teamwork, and creativity.
Course Evaluation
The final grade is calculated based on the following components:
Discussions: 10%
Assignment 1 - Divergent Tools: 25%
Assignment 2 - Convergent Tools: 25%
Assignment 3 - Capstone Project: 40%
Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in creative thinking
and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will
include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case
studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays)
for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0)
will be applied. Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due
date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only.
Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that
students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a
student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are
expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance,
assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified.
Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal
or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally
scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to
discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within
48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course
instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in the case of a missed
test/examination, within the specified 48-hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the
coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of

Academic Integrity
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning
process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic
integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could
result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious
consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the
transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension
or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information
on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy,
located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in-group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student
Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To
contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further
information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students
with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn,
WebEX, and external web sites. Students should be aware that, when they access the
electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user
names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all
other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology
used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any
questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism.  Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty.  Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the assigned Assignment folder and add a note in the comment section that they do not wish to have the paper scanned by Turnitin.  Those files will not be selected for submission.  No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to  All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.).  To see the Policy, please go to
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (
Storm Closure Policy:
In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy:, and will only close if the University is closed. All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed. On-line courses will take place as scheduled.
Grading Scale:
 Grade Equivalent
Grade Point
Equivalent Percentages
A+ 12 90-100
A 11 85-89
A- 10 80-84
B+ 9 77-79
B 8 73-76
B- 7 70-72
C+ 6 67-69
C 5 63-66
C- 4 60-62
D+ 3 57-59
D 2 53-56
D- 1 50-52
F 0 0-49
Course Schedule:

Topic & Readings

Assignments/Graded Components

Module 1: An Introduction to Creativity


Module 2: The 4P’s of Creativity


Module 3: Creative Thinking


Module 4: Barriers to Creativity


Module 5: Creative Problem Solving


Module 6: Divergent Creative Thinking

Module 7: Convergent Creative Thinking Discussion
Assignment 1: Divergent Tools

Module 8: Creative Place/Press


Module 9: Creative Thinking Principles

Assignment 2: Convergent Tools

Module 10: Whole Brain Thinking


Module 11: Creative Product


Module 12: Leadership Dynamics


Module 13: No Content

Assignment 3: Capstone Project