Online Class: Decision Making Skills

Learn how to make effective decisions in this self-paced, online course.

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Course Description

Unlock the Power of Effective Decision Making

In every juncture of our lives, be it in the corridors of business, the intimacy of personal relationships, or the challenging twists of day-to-day existence, we are constantly faced with decisions. Each choice paints the canvas of our future, impacting not just ourselves but often those around us. Enter our meticulously crafted online course, designed to transform you into a master decision-maker, capable of assessing, analyzing, and choosing with precision.

Why is Decision Making So Crucial?

Think of decision-making as the steering wheel of life. The way we turn, the routes we choose, can lead us either to our desired destinations or astray. That's why, when faced with multiple avenues, it's paramount to select one with a clear head and a precise methodology. This course isn't just about making decisions; it's about making the right decisions.

Embarking on a Journey of Expert Decision Making

  1. Clear Problem Identification: Every decision starts with a catalyst - be it a challenge or an opportunity. We'll guide you in pinpointing the exact nature of your decision, be it as mundane as a babysitter not showing up or as pivotal as a career-altering move. Precision in problem identification is the cornerstone of effective decision-making.

  2. Comprehensive Information Gathering: In the age of information, it's easy to drown in the myriad of options available. We'll equip you with the tools to sift through the noise, extract relevant data, and visualize potential outcomes, ensuring every choice you make is informed and justified.

  3. Decision Execution with Confidence: The culmination of the decision-making process is the act of choosing. With our guidance, you'll not only select an option but be confident in its validity. Through intuitive self-reflection techniques, we'll empower you to validate and stand firmly by your choices.

  4. Decision Review and Iteration: Every choice leads to an outcome, and it's imperative to understand the repercussions. With post-decision evaluation techniques, you'll continually refine your decision-making prowess, ensuring future choices are even more effective.

Practical Scenarios and Real-world Applications

Through practical examples, such as the working parent's dilemma or the aspiring student's future, our course bridges the gap between theory and practice. We delve deep into real-life situations, offering insights, showcasing potential pitfalls, and highlighting optimal strategies for varied scenarios.

Final Thoughts: The Decision to Enhance Your Decision-Making Skills

If the very idea of decision-making seems daunting, you're not alone. But imagine a future where you are not just reacting to life, but actively steering it. Our course promises not just knowledge but transformation. It's not about avoiding wrong turns, but confidently choosing the right ones.

So, whether you're a professional aiming to enhance your strategic skills or an individual seeking clarity in personal choices, this course is your compass. Dive deep, learn passionately, and unlock the art and science of decision-making. Your journey to becoming an astute decision-maker begins here.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Decision-Making Process

The decision-making process is choosing among two or more courses of action for a given situation -- and making decisions is part of everyday life. Additional lesson topics: Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions; Definition of Decision Making; Thinking, Fast and Slow 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Anatomy of a Decision

It is best to spend some time in consideration of what actually comprises the anatomy of a decision. This is a bit more complex than one might suspect. Additional lesson topics: The Anatomy of a Decision; How to Minimize Your Biases When Making Decisions 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: How to Use Problem Solving Steps and Problem Solving Tools

In this lesson, the focus will be on several aspects of problem solving, beginning with understanding the difference between problem solving and decision making. Additional lesson topics: Problem Solving Tools; Several Steps to Solving the Problems With Your Problem Solving; problem-solving and decision-making 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Distinguish Root Causes From Symptoms to Identify the Right Solution for the Right Problem.

In this lesson, we will separate the parts that make up problem solving to distinguish its root causes from the symptoms. Additional lesson topics: Analyzing Root Causes of Problems: The But Why? Technique; Root Cause Analysis 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Identifying Individual Problem-Solving Styles

Problem solving is key to decision making, and creativity is important, as well. Additional lesson topics: What's Your Problem-Solving Style? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 5

Lesson 6: The Creative Process for Making Decisions

In this lesson, we will turn to the creative process and how to apply this to decision making. Additional lesson topics: Understanding Creativity 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Barriers to Creativity & Overcoming Them, Part I

Creativity does not just happen at will, although it could happen randomly. It is definitely a skill that can be honed, coaxed, and embellished. Additional lesson topics: Overcoming Barriers to Creativity and Innovation for Organization Growth and Improvement; One of the Biggest Barriers to Creativity and How to Overcome It 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Barriers to Creativity & Overcoming Them, Part II

Successful learning is achieved by reviewing concepts and ideas that have been presented in previous lessons, because knowledge is cumulative. Additional lesson topics: Overcoming Barriers to Creativity 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Tools to Improve Creativity

Historically the word conjures up visions of hand-held items that are used for mechanical purposes, such as a hammer or a lathe. But in this case, a tool is an apparatus for the manipulation of ideas and intellectual skill sets. Additional lesson topics: Develop Creative Solutions to Business Problems; Several Ways to Boost Your Creativity 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 9

Lesson 10: The Analytical Process in Decision Making

An analytical process is taking the whole of something and breaking it into pieces for the purpose of some form of action. Additional lesson topics: How Do You Make Decisions – Analytically or Intuitively? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Tools to Improve Analysis

The two analytical tools that will be explained in this lesson are graphic representations: labeled decision trees and influence diagrams. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Irrational Factors and Emotions That Affect Decision Making

It would be beneficial to address the subject of emotional and irrational factors that can impact decision making. Additional lesson topics: How to Remove the Emotion from Decision-Making 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Fifteen Rules for Decision Making

This lesson will provide a review of information in numbered bullet-form. It is suggested that this particular catalogue be downloaded and saved for future reference. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Implementing the Decision -- Wrap Up

In this final lesson, you will learn the necessary actions for implementing your decision, and associated aptitudes. 80 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Exam 14
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define the decision-making process.
  • Describe the anatomy of a decision.
  • Summarize how to use problem solving steps and problem solving tools.
  • Identify root causes, symptoms, and solutions for problems.
  • Identify individual problem-solving styles.
  • Determine your barriers to creativity and how to overcome them.
  • Describe the tools to improve creativity.
  • Describe the analytical process in decision making.
  • Identify tools to improve analysis.
  • Recognize irrational factors and emotions that affect decision making.
  • Summarize the fifteen rules for decision making.
  • Identify ways to effectively implement a decision.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Decision Making Skills
Course Number: 8900336
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (1,336 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: John Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This course was extremely useful in assisting me to improve my decision-making skills. I found the instructor to be thoughtful and helpful in his comments at the end of each assignment." -- Geraldine H.
  • "Quiet frankly, I have not done this course before in my life. Decision making course are a very helpful tool to utilize personally or professionally. After studying it online, I think I should be able to implement creative and analytic ideas before finally make a critical decision whether at home or in my workplace. I really enjoyed studying this course online." -- Waisea T.
  • "Really good course, overall I appreciated all content." -- Leanne B.
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