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Success: Practical Thinking Skills

Hong Kong Polytechnic University via edX

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Overview

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.

Syllabus

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 unhappiness over underperforming in my academics...
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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 skills. My perspective has shifted to a much higher...
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Gunjan 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 my work. I agree with Bruce's statement that we...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
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 loved the course and wished that this never end.I would really recommend this course to anyone who wanted to learn something valuable and is uncertain of which course to take. During these difficult times this course will recharge your positivity and provide skills which will be beneficial in taking your career to next level.

The best thing about this course is its interactivity which doesn't let you feel bored and hence i feel that one will definitely finish the course once started and won't leave it in between like we do with much of our work.
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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
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Anonymous completed this course.
It was an excellent course that helps a lot a beginner to find his way... I liked the combination between philosophers views and real life successful people, it was like a confirmation... Comic clips, cartoon and live videos was entertaining, we don't feel that we want to skip anything (like in some online courses where attention can be lost...).

Thank you for all the efforts, It helps a lot
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Maria M
by Maria completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I enjoyed this course very much and have learned a lot of things which I can most likely apply in my line of work particularly De Bono's Lateral Thinking Strategies and his 6 Thinking Hats. It is also interesting to learn so much from inspiring people like Jack Ma and Bruce Lee who are big names in Asia and the rest of the world.

Kudos to Professor Jack Chun and his team.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I have never learned any philosophy theories before, so this course was somehow exciting and new to me. I love how the course illustrated the theories with a cartoon; it was unexpected but still a fun way to learn by watching it, then followed by true success stories. For a person who doesn't read books regularly, I can easily understand the big picture of the theories.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course was undoubtedly an awakening of my conscience. Explicit, well structured, objective, challenging. It made me think, it made me look at myself and the world around me, it made me grow, I feel that it made me a better person and even more motivated to pursue a more successful and happy life. Thank you for the opportunity to take this course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
From the start till the end of this course it will surely give you the motivation to have a successful outlook in life. Each content of the course is very vital for the learning of the learners. I really love this course, actually this is the first online class that I have and finished as well. It is not a waste of time. Its all worth it. Thank you!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I learned lot of thinking way by learning this course!

My English is not good, but the explanation was enough to understand.

Because of learningt this course, I knew others thinking way. So I learned to understand other people's thingkings, and tryed to understand.

I thought human relations are hard, but now I have thingking and talking skill!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It's a very interesting course with right amount of theory and practical examples. Those looking for enriching your personal understandings can go for it without any doubt. I really enjoyed my time doing this course and will ask you to try this one, you will not be demoralized I guarantee!
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Anonymous completed this course.
This isbthe first online course after graduation 20 years ago. I did not know what to expect but definitely this overcome any doubts. The videos and explanations are clear also so connect with the real world. I totally enjoyed and recommended this course.

Excellent standard in education.

Yenni

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
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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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
It is looking interesting and I hope I'll get lots of knowledge by this course. I have just started so I don't have much idea about it but as soon as I complete it then I'll be able to provide review. In the beginning I'm struggling that how to start this course, please make it little easy because this process is bit confusing.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It is really good course, it teaches us lots of things which are useful for our life. By following these rules or methods we make our life ideal and Prosperous. In this course personally I learned lots of things which I can't learn from anywere. In this course all concepts are explained well and there are our daily life examples for understanding. I hope my other friends will gets its benefit. Thank you
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a very interesting course and the underlying values and teachings of the course are practical and can be easily implemented in ones life. It's not complicated, however it is ultimately up to the individual to live a positive life, which is abundant in opportunity.
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Adelina A
Adelina 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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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I really loved the whole course. The approach of great philosophers with sucess people who seems "a normal human" cause motivation not only in theory but in practice.

All the thing that were taught, changed the way how I look my life and future.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
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.

Sincerely,

Joana
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