MG1850: Problem-Solving and Decision-Making for Managers

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 12, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 5 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 1 x 3hr(s) Other (E-mentoring); Other (Self-directed study)
Module Co-ordinator: Prof Anthony Mcdonnell, Department of Management and Marketing.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: The purpose of this module is to enhance students' skills in problem-solving and decision-making. The module aims to provide an understanding of how problems are dealt with by managers and how resulting decisions are made and evaluated. It will also explore the decision making process, as well as underlying ethical considerations. Finally, the module will introduce students to innovation tools and techniques to help them become more creative and solution-oriented.
Module Content: · Understanding and analysing problems
· Problem solving tools and techniques
· Decision-making process
· Strategic planning
· Data analysis to support decision-making
· Evaluating decisions
· Fostering creativity
· Introduction to design thinking
· Innovation tools and techniques.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify and discuss the complexities, organisational and individual constraints relating to solving problems and making decisions.
  • Identify and define problems in a concrete manner.
  • Deliver effective decision making through the use of specific techniques and data analysis.
  • Evaluate decision making processes and outcomes.
  • Apply design thinking and innovation techniques to decision making.
  • Apply a range of tools during strategic planning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word Group project (90 marks); 1 x 500 word Individual reflection on group project (10 marks)).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
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 co-ordinator).

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