This module can only be taken as a Short Course for Credit  
Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

To undertake this course you must have successfully completed the Induction module as a pre-requisite.

Decision Analysis and Support will teach you how to deal with complex problems using a range of techniques that enable auditability and traceability of decisions.

At a glance

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Course structure

Synchronous and asynchronous VLE content, enabling academic input; student peer feedback and student self-assessment quizzes. This is supported with lectures and podcasts.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between different decision types and their relationship to uncertainty and risk;
  • Describe cognitive bias and its impact on decision making;
  • Construct a range of models to represent decision situations and support decision making;
  • Explain the role of trade-off and its impact on decision making and outcome;
  • Evaluate a range of models and their suitability for different problem types.

Core content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Approaches to dealing with uncertainty and risk,
  • The role of trade-off and managing conflicting objectives,
  • Representing and navigating complexity,
  • Exploring cognitive bias and it impact on decision making.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

After successful completion of this Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards either the Defence and Security (Engineering) or (Leadership and Management) or (Technology) MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points


Dr Ken McNaught (Module Leader)

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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