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Sunk CostsCost–Benefit AnalysisCognitive BiasDecision-MakingData AnalysisStatistical Inference
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Learners taking this Course are
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)
  • Process Analysts
  • Pharmacists
  • UI/UX Designers
  • Business Developers

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study; 3-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Ukrainian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction

1 video (Total 15 min), 3 readings
1 video
3 readings
Welcome Message and Course Principles from Professor Nisbett10m
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book
Help us learn more about you!10m
1 hour to complete

Lesson 1: Statistics

2 videos (Total 29 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Introduction to Correlation16m
2 readings
Interactive Activity10m
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book
1 practice exercise
Lesson 1 Quiz18m
1 hour to complete

Lesson 2: The Law of Large Numbers

2 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
2 videos
The Law of Large Numbers: Part 215m
2 readings
Interactive Activity10m
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book
4 practice exercises
Pre-lecture Reflection Prompt5m
Pre-lecture Quiz5m
Lesson 2 Quiz12m
Post-lecture Reflection Prompt5m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Lesson 3: Correlation

4 videos (Total 25 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
The Draw-a-Person Test4m
Illusory Correlation6m
Confounded Variables; Statistical Significance9m
3 readings
Pre-lecture Activity10m
Interactive Activity10m
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book
2 practice exercises
Correlation Exercises10m
Lesson 3 Quiz10m
2 hours to complete

Lesson 4: Experiments

3 videos (Total 42 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
A/B Testing9m
Experimental Design and Natural Experiments17m
2 readings
Pre-lecture Activity5m
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book
1 practice exercise
Lesson 4 Quiz26m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Lesson 5: Prediction

2 videos (Total 40 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Base Rate22m
2 readings
Pre-lecture Question5m
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book
1 practice exercise
Lesson 5 Quiz8m
1 hour to complete

Lesson 6: Cognitive Biases

3 videos (Total 36 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Heuristics11m
Fundamental Attribution Error; Confirmation Bias11m
1 reading
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book
2 practice exercises
Pre-lecture Quiz5m
Lesson 6 Quiz22m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Lesson 7: Choosing and Deciding

3 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Sunk Costs10m
Loss Aversion12m
1 reading
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book
2 practice exercises
Pre-lecture Activity5m
Lesson 7 Quiz14m
1 hour to complete

Lesson 8: Logic and Dialectical Reasoning

2 videos (Total 36 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
2 videos
Dialectical Reasoning16m
1 reading
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book
2 practice exercises
Pre-lecture Quiz8m
Lesson 8 Quiz20m
16 minutes to complete

Conclusion

1 video (Total 6 min), 2 readings
1 video
2 readings
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book
Post-course Survey10m
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Top reviews from Mindware: Critical Thinking for the Information Age

By JMJul 29th 2019

This course is great! I recommend it to anyone who wants to be able to reason better and have more capabilities in making decisions. Thank you Dr. Nisbett and Coursera for providing this course.

By NPAug 7th 2017

A very good course prof Richard has explained very difficult to understand concepts in a very simple language and made it easy for students to grasp the subject matter easily.

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Richard E. Nisbett

Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor
Department of Psychology

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