FS1829: Decision Making and Critical Analysis

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 15, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 18hr(s) Lectures; 20hr(s) Other (case studies); 12hr(s) Other (practical exercises); 10hr(s) Other (psychometric evaluation); 30hr(s) Other (group work); 10hr(s) Other (peer feedback)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Joanne Uí Chrualaoich, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Module Objective: To empower graduates with the tools and techniques to make effective decisions in the workplace. The module will draw on theories from business studies, psychology and project management (risk, financial control) to understand the theory of effective decision making.
Module Content: Bias in decision-making, heuristics and making judgements. Individual versus group decision-making. Evidence basis for decisions - financial, time, resources, the decision-making process: pressing and strategic decisions. Evaluation of pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses. Decision implementation planning. Ethical decisions. Knowledge, judgement, vocabulary, strategy and mental habits that contribute to effective critical thinking and problem analysis.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe the major decision-making frameworks and models.
  • Examine the factors that influence how individuals and groups make decisions.
  • Communicate decision outcomes to a wider audience.
  • Use matrices to evaluate factors that influence a specific decision.
  • Re-evaluate previous decisions and assess effectiveness of past actions.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (In-class assignment, 20 marks; Case study, 20 marks; 2,000 word application of structured critical analysis to business project, 40 marks; 1,000 word reflective log, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Application project and reflective log.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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