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Effective Decision-Making

Effective Decision Making

An IATL interdisciplinary module

Module Code

IL042 Level 5 (Intermediate)

IL142 Level 6 (Third year/Finalists)

Module Convenors

Dr Miryana Grigorova (Statistics)

Dr Yudhi Ariadi (Engineering)


Spring Term
Tuesday: lecture 10:00 - 11:00 - FAB5.03

Thursday: 2 hour seminar 14:00 - 16:00 - R0.14

(Compulsory attendance is required in person for the seminar)


  • Individual Written Reflection
  • Group Viva Presentation

What is the module about?

New for 2024-25, this module aims to enhance your decision-making skills and empower you to deal with real-world complex problems in increasingly uncertain environments. It will help you to develop the skill set to become a well-informed, effective, and confident decision-maker and to assess and compare alternative scenarios and strategies: from what time to go to bed, to how to make the world a better place. Drawing on concepts, theories, and approaches from multiple disciplines such as probability and statistics, design engineering, psychology and economics, risk management, sociology and social work, chemistry and neuroscience, environmental science, translation and language studies, theatre and drama, the module will explore different decision-making models and strategies.

Designed for students from all disciplines, you will have the opportunity to work in teams and learn from each other, further enhancing your critical thinking skills and your ability to make effective and informed decisions. This module will broaden your vision and understanding, and help you develop key problem-solving skills, which will benefit you throughout your life and career.

What will the module cover?

Topics include analytical tools for decision-making, decision-making in the brain, issues such as what makes a decision "defensible" and decision-making for sustainable development. You will explore decision-making from multiple angles, and each week will broaden and deepen your understanding of the complexities of decision-making processes. It will provide you with a range of tools, methodologies, and perspectives which you can integrate into your decisions in various contexts.

The module consists of a weekly two-hour workshop/seminar (attendance required) and a 1-hour lecture per week which can be watched in person or remotely on lecture capture. The sessions will be delivered by the module convenors along with a range of guest speakers from different disciplines.

NB: This is an indicative module outline and actual sessions may differ.

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How will I be assessed?

1) Individual Written Reflection (60%)

The individual written reflection will comprise of:

  • a short individual reflection on your learning and progress each week;
  • a reflection on the group project;
  • a reflection on how insights from your own discipline could be used to enhance one or more aspects of the group work.

2) Group Viva Presentation (40%)

    A viva presentation where each student in the group presents part of the group work. The individual mark element will be based on your presentation and your answers to the questions asked. The group component will be based on how the different individual contributions fit together to create a meaningful and coherent whole. The split in the final mark will be 50% for the individual component and 50% for the group component.

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      Learning Outcomes

      See module catalogue [link to follow]

      How to register

      Complete our online form to request your place.

      Once IATL have confirmed you have been allocated a place, follow your home department's procedure to register.