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MN4244   Behavioural Decision Making

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The aim of this module is to provide a critical examination of the rationality of choice and the nature of human judgement. The module explores factors that affect decision making in individual and organisational contexts, and introduces key concepts from decision making research. It draws upon material from a wide range of disciplines that include social/cognitive psychology, organisational behaviour and management. We examine the problem of determining ‘better judgement’, rationality and its limits, in a range of contexts, and explore the nature and effectiveness of intuitive inclinations. Students will be equipped to examine how the characteristics of the decision maker and the immediate environment can help or hinder judgements and decisions, and to develop an informed understanding of the ability of individuals and teams to make effective decisions.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass 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)

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 170

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 50%, 2-hour Written examination = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr C Akinci