Course overview



programme type
Course date

16-09-2024 to 16-09-2024

25-11-2024 to 25-11-2024

degree award


academic level
Course type


projected fees
Course fee

(including GST)

Course Fee GST 9% : $545.00

funding subsidy

SkillsFuture Credit

SkillsFuture Funding

Course Overview

The problems facing the world, countries and organisations are increasingly complex. Challenges relating to climate change, trade and energy are felt in many parts of the world. Countries face varying levels of problems with food security, falling birth rate and employment. Organisations have to deal with a greying workforce, building engagement across various employee groups and managing ever-rising customer expectations. Many of these challenges require a multi-faceted approach to resolving them.

The application of transdisciplinary thinking provides a useful approach to solving difficult problems. By bringing various disciplines to bear on the problems, various perspectives are considered. A variety of ideas may then be created and the final solution may benefit from integrating some of the best ideas from different disciplines.

Course benefits

The course, Transdisciplinary Thinking, is a critical core skill endorsed by SkillsFuture Singapore. It aims to provide learners with the principles and techniques to understand the benefits of being transdisciplinary, use of quantitative and qualitative methods, identify data patterns, apply integrative thinking, prioritise ideas, engage stakeholders, evaluate performance and build ambidexterity. When learners apply these competencies, they will be able to work with various stakeholders representing various disciplines and harness the power of transdisciplinary thinking to resolve problems more effectively.

Course outline

Pre-read: Personal Mindset

• Introduction to learning and unlearning for Good Work 

• Unlearn to Learn 

• Influences on Mindset

Unit 1: Discovering Opportunities

• Qualitative vs Quantitative Methods 

• Types of patterns 

• System Archetypes 

Unit 2: Innovative Thinking

• Breadth vs Depth of knowledge 

• Going beyond the T-Shaped person 

• The Opposable Mind and Constructive Tension 

Unit 3: Organising

• Process of Integrative Thinking and Choice Making 

• Comparison Matrix and Analysis 

• Prioritisation Framework 

• Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement Matrix 

• Communicate for collaboration 

Unit 4: Evaluating

• Novel ideas vs Performance 

• Benchmarking 

Unit 5: Improving

• Curiosity and Growth Mindset 

• Ambidexterity and Organisational Learning


1 day

Course runs

Who should attend?

Level 2 - Supervisor, Executive, & Emerging Managers
Level 3 - New Managers
Level 4 - Managers

Programme leader

Course fee

Mapped to Critical Core Skills – Thinking Critically – Transdisciplinary Thinking (CCS-TRA-I002-1)

Programme Fees

Full Course Fee: $ 545 (incl of 9% GST)

Nett Fee (after funding) *:

For Employer Sponsored Participants:

SME: $ 195 Non-SME: $ 295

For Participants eligible for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy:

40 years old and above

(Singapore Citizen only): $ 195

For Self Sponsored Participants:

SkillsFuture Credit is applicable for Singapore Citizens aged 25 years old and above only

Inclusive of 9% GST (GST is based on Full Course Fee)

*Terms and conditions apply

Programme Executive In Charge : Patricia Lee

Telephone : 62489447

Email :

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