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Success: Practical Thinking Skills

Hong Kong Polytechnic University via edX


An Award-Winning MOOC Expanded and Updated

Version 1.0 of this course has scooped praises and received the prestigious prize Top Ten Most Popular MOOCs in November 2017 awarded by the Class Central, USA. Version 2.0 continues to receive acclaims from the authentic global learners in 2019. The section of creative thinking skills has been expanded in the current version 2.1, with a specific case study on how to apply innovative strategies in addressing the challenge posed by COVID-19 that has swept the world in 2020.

Positive Values and Powerful Skills for Your Success

This course consists of three parts and twelve units, with abundant case studies and examples. You will learn that the key to the success of your work and personal life lies in the mastery of positive values and practical thinking skills.

Positive Values from Three Great Masters

In Part A, you will be inspired by the insights of Aristotle, Kant and Mill. Their advices cover the topics of your personal success, pursuit of duty and contribution to social happiness. You will learn from their wisdom how to construct your own positive outlook on life with meaningful purposes and resilience to challenges.

You will consolidate your knowledge through two major case studies in this part, in which you learn how to excel in a job interview and the study in higher education. In addition, to turn your study of the great masters’ ideas to fun, comic episodes are presented for your perusal and reflections.

Powerful Problem-Solving Skills

In Part B, you will study a bundle of effective problem-solving skills and decision-making strategies. They include the five faces of creativity, ten methods of provocative operations and six thinking hats. To be successful in your work and life, these creative thinking skills are proven very powerful and adopted by creative geniuses, innovative managers and corporate businesses around the world.

Success Stories and a Micro-Movie on Life and Death

In Part B, eye-opening success stories of Bruce Lee, Nick Vujicic, Jack Ma and Steve Jobs will heighten your personal motivation to strive for success in work and life. On the other hand, as a major case study, a micro-movie has been filmed for this course, featuring local TV actors. The micro-movie raises the question how to make a life-and-death decision for your family member. Guidance will be provided on how to apply the problem-solving skills in such a life-and-death decision.

Unique Creative Success

Part C is a brief conclusion. It highlights the next step of upgrading your creative problem-solving skills by securing your unique creativity in accordance with personal traits, potentials and talents.

A Timely Course in Thinking through the Challenge Posed by the Pandemic COVID-19

The wide applicability of the practical thinking skills of this course helps you creatively address different sorts of challenges, including the one brought on by the pandemic of COVID-19. Should doctors provide medical treatment only to the selected patients who are more likely to survive because of the shortage of resources? With regard to this type of question, can you spell out your position with proper justification? You will find the discussion of the pros directly in Unit 3 and the cons indirectly in Unit 2. In addition, can you tell how individuals/businesses creatively meet the specific challenge of the pandemic? You will find the creative problem-solving skills expanded and discussed in Unit 6 with a case study specifically devoted to the challenge of COVID-19.

Course Instructor

Currently Interim Director of General education Centre at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Jack Chun has been Chief Examiner for HKEAA and Consultant on Thinking Skills for the HKSAR government, the commercial sectors such as SmarTone-Vodafone and professional groups, including medical doctors, C.E.O.'s and the former Chief Executive of HKSAR government. Dr Chun has also provided consultancy services to universities, including the Cornell-VinUniversity project in 2019. He has taught Creativity and Creative Thinking and Life and Death for over two decades. Apart from the three MOOCs he has developed on edX, he has also created a mobile app on Ethical Thinking adopted by the four Faculties of the university. The publishers of his writings include Oxford University Press, Routledge, McGraw-Hill, Springer and others.


Part1: Positive Values for Success in Work and Life

  • Introduction
  • Aristotle – Personal Success
  • Kant – Pursuit of Duty
  • Mill – Contribution to Social Happiness
  • Case Study: Smart Study in Higher Education
  • Case Study: Success in a Job Interview

Part 2: Practical Thinking Skills

  • Introduction
  • Creative Problem-Solving Skills
    • Five Faces of Creativity
    • Ten Provocative Operations
    • Six Thinking Hats
  • Success Stories
    • Bruce Lee
    • Nick Vujicic
    • Jack Ma
    • Steve Jobs
  • Micro-Move
    • How to make a life-and-death decision for your family member

Part 3: Conclusion

  • What makes your life successful for you?

Taught by

Dr. Jack Chun, Dr. John Yuen, Dr. Kam-por Yu, Dr. David Wan, Prof. Adrian Bejan, Prof. Ole Döring , Rev. Thomas Kwan, Ven. Dr. Sik Fa Ren and Mr. Kasim Ma


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    I believe I will not be exaggerating when I say that this course quite literally changed my life. Before now, and one of the reasons I was on the lookout for a course such as this one, I have been battling with feelings of guilt, failure and general...
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    I would like to address first the team who made the course possible with big-Thank you! Incredibly creative,deep,thought provoking and life-changing. You have just re-shaped my own vision of a successful life with powerful positive values and creative...
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    "First of all, thank you very much for the course. It has definitely changed my outlook towards various life events. 1. I am A doctor and A divorcee and a lot of extended family issues. However, the only thing that keeps me going is my passion towards...
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    A fascinating course presenting a variety of viewpoints on the timing of the beginning and end of life, and life's meanings. The discussion forums provided an opportunity to examine your own beliefs, and to understand the beliefs of others.
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    It was a great opportunity to more in contact with philosophy as well as practical ideas to be implemented in my daily life.
    I look forward in getting engaged in a new course.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity.
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    Adelina Margret Indira Abdallah completed this course.

    I believe this course should be given in an ethics class in high school. This kind of mentality is needed in our global societies. This course is more than advisable for kids and older. It's also explained in a very comprehensive manner.
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    This course allow us to know more about what should be the right thing to do in different times. i would recommend this course to my friends no matter what kind of job they are doing or which course they are under taking
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    The content is very me think well and know the types of people and how to interact with them..and also get to know the opinion of philosophers like Aristotle and others about lying and some other moral values
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    Amazing course! Thank you very much. All the learning here can be applied in countless ways in a learner's life - they are reflective yet practical, and grounded yet philosophical.
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    The bad: The big let down was that many of the videos were voiced by a robot.

    The good: Very fun and interesting to learn about the philosophies of Mill, Kant and Aristotle using a comic.
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    This course was amazing. I really enjoyed. Good videos and explanation.Thanks. Many things learned newly . Examples were good. Eacj section was inyeresting and s9me new knowledge gained.
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    it has been a wonderful lecture and has helped me in thinking and going well about lifes decision only that i will not obtain a certificate due to Financial constriction
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    This course make me awareness to people's thinking skill. And our thoughts and action could be similar according to our actions. Then, our action could be
    affected to others.
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    a wonderful course. it shows me that there are different ways to view life. it also taught me that that one must cultivate one's talents for the greater good
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    Good introduction to some life philosophies and critical thinking skills to be paired with them. Lots of engaging videos to illustrate concepts
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    Overall a great course. It manages to mix in a smart way the philosophical views on a happy and succesful life of Aristoteles-Kant-Mill, with the real life success stories of Jack Ma, Bruce Lee, Steve Jobs and Nick Vujicic. All this is linked together...
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    It helped me to gain new point of view in my life. When I first joined it i thought it would be some moral science lecture kind of a thing which i'll leave after a day or two but it turned out to be a lot more than that. It was so interactive. I absolutely...
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    Thank you for what I consider to be one of the most important courses out there. Not only is the information and knowledge shared brilliant, but the way it has been presented has made all the difference. Ideas, thoughts and information have been shared in an easy-to grasp and understand manner, making the learning experience all the more enjoyable.

    Moreover, even though this course is great for any time, I think it is especially timely now with the repercussions of Covid 19 on all fronts all over the world.

    It is also great because it shines the light to some who keep being pulled into darkness. I believe with the knowledge imparted here, you have saved lives.

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    Everything was so amazing till the start to the end, I just love it, everything was so well explained in a good, funny and interactive way that it was such an incredible thing I just love it every part of it I learned too much and It is just amazing that they can teach you how to apply those concepts and tools in your own live, and it is also wonderful the passion that it is so indeed in this course that it just makes it magnificent thank you so much for all this you have changed my hole life thank you so much I am so grateful that I took this course thank you my best wishes

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