Critical Thinking and Decision Making

A three-week online course for technical professionals that will explore each concept of what it means to think about thinking and empower you to solve problems both at work and in everyday life.

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  • START DATE October 18, 2021 More Dates
  • TIME COMMITMENT 4-5 Hours per Week
  • DURATION 3 Weeks
  • FORMAT Online
  • PRICE $849

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This course seeks to promote the skills needed for critical thinking and decision making. A critical thinker should be able to analyze solutions to a problem -- probing its strengths and weaknesses and comparing it to other alternatives. This process of deliberation leads to a selection of good alternatives and also a clear understanding of why a certain choice was made.

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This course is also offered in Spanish. Enrollment is managed through our collaborator, Global Alumni

  • Explore deductive thinking and meta-cognition in order to understand problems and how to solve them.
  • Analyze alternative solutions critically and be able to identify types of evidence for or against alternative solutions.
  • Examine information literacy and research techniques for forming conclusions.
  • View real-world applications to diagramming an argument in order to assess the strength of evidence and relate evidence to different social and technical factors.
  • Apply Bayes's Law to determine the probability of an event based on prior knowledge of conditions that might be related to the event.
  • Practice group decision-making processes by utilizing the Pugh Matrix and the Evaluation Matrix.

WHO SHOULD ENROLL

  • Technical professionals looking to advance their essential skills to improve the performance of their projects and processes.

  • Individual contributors who want to perform at their highest potential.

  • Managers intent on architecting successful, collaborative, and happy teams.

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HOW YOU WILL LEARN

WHAT LEARNERS ARE SAYING

Professionals from companies like Boeing, Boston Scientific, and the U.S. Air Force have completed this course.

Apurv Suri

Apurv Suri, SC Ventures, Standard Chartered Bank

There were real practical examples and uses of some of the lessons… I can see a very good use for this technique already in my day to day and I plan …

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Sumitra Rao

Sumitra Rao, Director of Security Consultancy, Refinitiv

This is a very well designed course as it takes us through the deductive reasoning concepts, diving into Pugh matrix and finally decision making. I l…

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Dayananda Shenoy

Dayananda Shenoy, Technical Lead, Thomson Reuters

The course materials and technical platform was very intuitive and helpful. I can now highlight importance of why we should diagram argument as well …

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MIT FACULTY

Dan Frey

Dan Frey

MIT D-Lab Faculty Director for Research, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

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