Managerial Judgement

Subject BUSA90458 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This elective introduces advanced topics in Managerial Judgement. While some basic decision-making biases were covered in the Decision Making core course, there is much to learn about how psychological processes and cognitive limitations can hinder or help good decision-making. This subject will cover topics such as:

  • Decision-making biases and their remedies, including
    • Hindsight bias
    • Representativeness bias
    • Distinction bias
    • False consensus bias
    • Omission bias
  • Key aspects of memory and the impact of memory processes on decisions
  • Neural plasticity – changes and learning in the adult brain
  • The psychology of creative problem solving
  • Advanced analysis of intuition
  • Applying decision-making learning to business decisions through case analysis, role-plays, and syndicate exercises.
Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants should:

  • Understand important biases in decision-making, particularly with regard to:
    • the framing of decision problems
    • the collection and interpretation of information
    • the selection of strategic options
  • Appreciate the positive and negative role that emotions can play in our judgement
  • Class participation (10%)
  • 5 in-class quizzes (20%)
    • Closed book, equally weighted, 5-10 multiple choice questions per test
  • Syndicate assignment (25%)
    • 1,000 words, applying class material to a case
  • Final examination (45%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 1,500 words
    • Take home, individual written paper
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration

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