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Applied Decision Making


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: David Gamblin
  • Assessment: a 2500-word individual essay (100%)

Module description

This module introduces you to the judgement and decision-making field of research. You will critically examine how individuals, groups and experts solve problems and make decisions, both in theoretical and applied contexts.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Approaches to judgement and decision making
  • Heuristics and biases
  • Decision making in teams
  • Experts
  • Insight
  • Approaches to improve decision making

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the background of judgement and decision making as a field
  • critique normative approaches to decision making using paradoxes and experimental evidence
  • analyse the decision-making processes for individuals, teams and experts
  • identify sources of bias and recommend appropriate interventions
  • apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes learned on this module to organisational contexts
  • critically reflect on the self as a decision maker from a bounded rationality perspective.