About this Course
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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...
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Suggested: 4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes

Approx. 5 hours to complete
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Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Spanish

What you will learn

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    Apply appropriate problem-solving and decision-making processes
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    Evaluate solutions and anticipate likely risks
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    Identify common obstacles to effective problem-solving and decision-making
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    Use analysis, synthesis, and positive inquiry to address organizational problems

Skills you will gain

Decision-MakingDecision TheoryData AnalysisChange Management
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Course 8 of 10 in the

Globe

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Calendar

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Clock

Suggested: 4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes

Approx. 5 hours to complete
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Introduction to Problem Solving

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Reading
3 videos (Total 23 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
1.2 Types of Problems 4m
1.3 Categories of Problem Solving8m
Reading3 readings
About this Course10m
Please Take this Survey10m
Module 1 Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz18m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Charts and Diagrams

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Reading
3 videos (Total 21 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
2.2 Cause and Effect Diagram3m
2.3 Histograms9m
Reading1 reading
Module 2 Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz18m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Decision Making Methods

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Reading
3 videos (Total 30 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
3.2 Decision Methods6m
3.3 Consensus and Ethical Decisions11m
Reading1 reading
Module 3 Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz10m

4

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Implementing Decisions

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Reading
3 videos (Total 39 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
4.2 Control Charts12m
4.3 Implementing Decision Results14m
Reading3 readings
Module 4 Lecture Slides10m
Course Wrap-Up10m
End of Course Survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz20m
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Direction Signs

20%

started a new career after completing these courses
Briefcase

83%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Top Reviews

By YMAug 3rd 2018

A wonderful Informative and effective course for those who want to learn or improve to take effective decision making and learn quick problem solving techniques

By ADAug 10th 2015

I have not personally completed the course......but as far as i have progressed i am finding it very helpful and explained in a very simple manner.

Instructor

Rob Stone, PMP, M.Ed.

Instructor, University of California, Irvine Extension

About University of California, Irvine

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways....

About the Career Success Specialization

This series of courses will help you build, develop and hone the essential skills needed to improve your employability and advancement in today’s dynamic workforce. The courses in this Specialization may be taken in any order. Each course can also be taken independently. The Specialization concludes with a Capstone project that will give you the opportunity to integrate and apply the skills you have gained throughout the courses to your individual and organizational needs....
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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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