Decision Making Skills

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Course Description

Men and women engage in simple and complex choices every day; from deciding what to eat for lunch to determining what career to pursue. Life is an ongoing series of decisions; and they often have consequences not only for the person who is making a choice, but for their family, friends and loved ones. Therefore, having an expertise in the art of decision-making can be life altering and create opportunities that otherwise might disappear.

Decision making is a process and an action, and in this course both will be considered. The class is divided into fourteen individual lessons, each addressing a single component of decision-making. Two subjects that will be examined at length are problem solving and creativity, both integral to mastering the skill set of real-world decision-making. Students will also be introduced to some of the most common tools of decision making, and learn to recognize barriers to reaching resolutions.

There are a series of steps common to the process of decision making that students will learn to adopt and apply as they gain competency and confidence in their own ability to make proper selections. Each of the lessons is complete with a review quiz at the end to reinforce the concepts introduced in the lesson and ensure students are proficient in the topic presented.

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Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Decision Making Process

Lesson 2: Anatomy of a Decision

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

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

Lesson 5: Improve Problem Solving and Decision Making by Identifying Individual Problem Solving Styles.

Lesson 6: The Creative Process for Making Decisions

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

Lesson 8: Barriers to Creativity & Over-coming them, Part II

Lesson 9: Tools to Improve Creativity

Lesson 10: The Analytical Process in Decision Making

Lesson 11: Tools to Improve Analysis

Lesson 12: Irrational Factors and Emotions that Affect Decision Making

Lesson 13: Fifteen Rules for Decision Making

Lesson 14: Implementing the Decision – Wrap Up

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define the decision-making process.
  • Describe the anatomy of a decision.
  • Know 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.
  • Know the fifteen rules for decision making.
  • Identify ways to effectively implement a decision, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Exam 110
Anatomy of a Decision2
Exam 210
Exam 310
The Steps for Distinguishing the Root Causes2
Exam 410
Lesson 5 Assignment20
Exam 510
Exam 610
Exam 710
Exam 810
Lesson 9 Assignment 5
Exam 910
Exam 1010
Lesson 11 Assignment5
Exam 1110
Emotional Decision Making2
Exam 1210
Lesson 13 Assignment2
Exam 1310
Implementing a Decision2
Exam 1410
The Final Exam70
Total Points:251

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