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Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Success: Practical Thinking Skills

Hong Kong Polytechnic University via edX

Overview

An Award-Winning MOOC Expanded and Updated

Version 1.0 of this course received the prestigious prize as one of Top Ten Most Popular MOOCs in November 2017 awarded by Class Central, USA.

Version 2.1 scooped accolades as one of the Best Online Courses of all time and one of ten global finalists of EdX Prize , awarded by Class Central and edX respectively in 2020.

The current version (2.5) will continue to amaze you with further innovative pedagogies and updated course contents.

Positive Values and Powerful Skills for Your Success

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

Positive Values from Three Great Masters

In Part A, you will be inspired by the insights of Aristotle, Kant and Mill. Their superb theories illustrate that a successful life consists in optimizing your potentials, acting on moral principles and contributing to social happiness respectively. As applications of their theories, two major case studies on job interviews and smart academic study are presented. In addition, interesting comic episodes are adopted to assist you to grasp these great masters’ otherwise abstract ideas.

Powerful Problem-Solving Skills

In Part B, you will study a bundle of effective problem-solving skills and decision-making strategies. They include 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 practically powerful and widely 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, J. K. Rowling and Steve Jobs will heighten your personal motivation to strive for success. Their stories also show how positive values and practical thinking skills are applied. Furthermore, as a major case study, a micro-movie on life and death has been filmed specifically for this course, featuring local TV actors in Hong Kong. Guidance will be provided on how to apply problem-solving skills in such a testing situation.

Unique Creative Success

Part C is a brief conclusion. It points at the next step of upgrading your creative problem-solving skills in the light of your unique 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, for instance, provide medical treatment only to selected patients who are more likely to survive because of the shortage of resources? You will find reflections on the pros and cons of this sort of challenge in Part A. In addition, relevant problem-solving skills that bear on the challenge are also expounded in Part B.

Course Instructor

Currently Senior Teaching Fellow at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Jack Chun has been Interim Director of former General Education Centre in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Subject 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 and C.E.O.'s. 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 creating the current MOOC, he has also designed HKPolyU XSeries Program on Chinese Culture. International publishers of his writings include Oxford University Press, Routledge, McGraw-Hill, Springer and others.

Syllabus

Part1: Positive Values for Success in Work and Life

  • Introduction
  • Aristotle – Optimizing Personal Happiness
  • Kant – Acting on Moral Principles
  • 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
    • J. K. Rowling
    • Steve Jobs
  • Micro-Move
    • How to make a life-and-death decision

Part 3: Conclusion

  • What makes your life successful for you?

Taught by

Dr. Jack Chun

Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 61 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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...
  • Anonymous

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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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    Gunjan Desai completed this course.

    "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...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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
  • Anonymous
    The course is extremely rich in content and able to paint complex concepts with a wise mix of video lectures, comics, case studies and discussions. I was familiar with part of the content but applied for its practical approach and it gave me a very positive perspective, very respectful of diversity and with practical application of creative skills. I recommend this course.
  • Anonymous
    This interesting course consists of comics, animations, interesting explanations of theories and applications through a large number of examples and case studies. It even comes with a micro-movie made for this course. I have been amazed by all this! And I have learned a lot of skills and ideas. A wonderful course!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is really useful no matter your age, profession, interests or talents. It will help you find new ways of thinking while also keeping values and morals in consideration. It gives different perspectives from well-known philosophers and examples of recognized successful people.

    It is structured and presented in a very easy way to learn and understand.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course has different modules. Each module has it's own importance.
    Every person have different thinking nature . This course will shape your thinking in a great manner.
    For me it increased my self respect and changed my perspective on life. You may gain some more from this course.
    Try this course if you need some change in life .
  • Anonymous
    This course turned out to be very interesting, despite having started it with some perplexity: it is a course that can change your point of view on life in general and on yours in particular by giving you an incredible positive outlook. It is a course that manages to make you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
    Great course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    le cours a été très excellent parce que ma façon d 'aborder les problèmes est désormais différente
    . Je remercie donc toute l'équipe qui a contribué à la mise en place de ce cours. Surtout Monsieur JACK CHUN. EDX est une excellente plate-forme d'apprentissage.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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
  • An excellent, quality course that delivers on practical thinking skills that can help you develop a successful life (whatever your version of that may look like).
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellent course, you can use the skills taught in your life, you can relate to what the philosophers say and use the tools that they analyze with. Win win.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    You will learn a lot from this course this course will change your life and it will motivate you to have successful life I advise everyone to take this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really like the course because it not only gives you perspective to see why it is worth living, it also gives you tools to make sense of your successful life.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Hey guys!!! This is a wonderful course. I really enjoyed. Don't miss it. It will be a loss for you if you miss this. Great work by the team. Really appreciable. Feeling lucky to be a part of this..
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    amazing course for those who want to be better professionals and helps a lot for personal life. very dynamic it keeps you engage all the time .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I'm very grateful to take this course. It changed my life views and perspectives in dealing problems and challenges that come into my life.

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