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CCOG for MSD 116 Fall 2022

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Course Number:
MSD 116
Course Title:
Creative Thinking for Innovative Change
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Course Description

In today's-and tomorrow's- unpredictable and increasingly challenging world, we must make a fundamental choice: to be changed, inevitably, by the forces churning around us, or to be the change-leader through innovative actions. Learn how to jump-start your own creative, innovative thinking. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Solve complex problems and issues by using a variety of creative strategies, such as brainstorming, mind mapping, or analogical/metaphorical thinking.

Help an organization establish a creative and innovative climate

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Various individual and/or group skill-building activities such as role-plays, case studies, or other exercises geared toward critical analysis of course concepts.
  • Written assignments or oral reports designed to integrate course material into personal experience or experiences of others.
  • Complete exams comprised of essay and/or objective questions, or an individual and/or team project or paper which requires integration, application, and critical examination of course concepts, issues, and themes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Brainstorming
  • Mind mapping
  • Metaphorical and analogical thinking
  • Applying creative thinking to complex problems
  • Rekindling innate creativity
  • Suspending judgment
  • Problem solving
  • Having fun
  • Planning

General Concepts

  • Creative thinking vs. critical thinking
  • Encouraging innovation
  • Change leadership
  • Implementing change
  • Stimulating creativity
  • Motivational climate
  • Brainstorming
  • Paradigm shifts


  • Solving complex problems and issues
  • Principles of creative thinking
  • Creating an innovative climate


  • Blocks to creativity
  • Barriers to goal achievement
  • Thinking through complex problems
  • Thriving with innovation