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University of California, Irvine

Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

University of California, Irvine via Coursera


Critical thinking – the application of scientific methods and logical reasoning to problems and decisions – is the foundation of effective problem solving and decision making. Critical thinking enables us to avoid common obstacles, test our beliefs and assumptions, and correct distortions in our thought processes. Gain confidence in assessing problems accurately, evaluating alternative solutions, and anticipating likely risks. Learn how to use analysis, synthesis, and positive inquiry to address individual and organizational problems and develop the critical thinking skills needed in today’s turbulent times. Using case studies and situations encountered by class members, explore successful models and proven methods that are readily transferable on-the-job.

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Choose and apply appropriate problem solving and decision making processes and methods
2. Identify common obstacles to effective problem solving and decision making
3. Recognize the human variable in problem solving and decision making
4. Assess major conceptual blocks and significant situational challenges
5. Apply concepts to enhancing personal development and organizational performance
6. Explain the key elements of problem solving and decision making and the barriers associated with them


  • Introduction to Problem Solving
  • Charts and Diagrams
  • Decision Making Methods
  • Implementing Decisions


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    In a study of 260 cases of a disease and 260 controls, it is determined that the difference

    found with respect to a possible etiologic factor is not statistically significant. What will

    be your conclusion about this finding?

  • Sylvia Amar completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    It is a course about the methods for taking a decision and about the change management. It introduces analytical and quantitative ways of taking a decision.
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    Bushra Rana is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I have taken this course for enhance my decision making power and effective decision making power.i also want to solve the problems in organizations in all over the World
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