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MN4244 Behavioural Decision Making

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module explores the problems of decision making and judgment in leadership contexts. It is set around a collection of stories and cases, meant to vividly illustrate important and challenging decision scenarios. Each of the scenarios is examined with theories and concepts from social/cognitive psychology. The purpose of the module is to provide students with opportunity to critically examine the 'intuitive' vs. 'rational' course of action in scenarios that involve goal-setting, uncertainty, delayed gratification, and "tragic trade-offs." Students will be equipped to identify judgmental biases and to reason about ways to deal with these.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Management degrees

UG Pre-requisite(s):MN2001 and MN2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 lectures (x 10 weeks) and 1 seminar (x 10 weeks), and 2 optional consultative hours (x 10 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 30
  • Guided independent study: 170

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr C Akinci
Module teaching staff:Dr C Akinci