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Critical Thinking & Decision Making (Jobs Stimulus Module)

The overall aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of and capacity for critical thinking, creative thinking and problem-solving.

Discipline: Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 9

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Places: 18


Free to unemployed applicants. €98 to employed applicants (€875 funded by HEA)

Why Study?

This module is focused on creating the ability to deduce and interpret information, recognize assumptions, draw inferences, evaluate arguments, exercise critical judgment in decision making and generate an active open-minded thinker.

The module seeks to create a critical awareness of the fallacies in arguments and the cognitive biases in decision making.

Programme Modules

Critical Thinking & Decision Making - 10 ECTS Credits

    Learning Outcomes: 

    On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of critical thinking as used in a range of contexts ;
    2. Integrate models of decision making with the organisational context; 
    3. Analyse information and arguments in complex situations; 
    4. Recognise behavioural biases in thinking and decision making;
    5. Illustrate the use of creative thinking techniques in problem solving;
    6. Analyse risk and perceptions of risk in decision making under uncertainty; 
    7. Appraise value conflicts in decision making.

    Essential Information: 

    Credits (ECTS)

    10 credits



    Go to to:

    • confirm if you are eligible to apply under the Jobs Stimulus initiative
    • check if you meet the academic "Entry Requirements" for this level of module


    How to Apply

    We are accepting applications from Monday, 16th November 2020.

    Apply through our Online Admissions System ,, and then submit any supporting documentation by email to 

    Read the Jobs Stimulus Online Admissions User Guide for step-by-step instructions BEFORE logging on to our online admissions system at the ‘Apply Here’ link below.

    Note: On the online admissions system, you will find this module under the Application Type JS- Quality and Safety H/Care.


    Apply here (Online Admissions System) 


    Course Schedule

    Start date: 01/03/2021

    End date: 01/06/2021

    Contact Us


    Email: Deirdre Garvey


    Head of Department

    Email: Justin Kerr