PS512-6-SP-CO:
Decision making science in theory and practice

The details
2020/21
Psychology
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
15
03 June 2020

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA C841 Economics with Psychology,
BA C851 Economics with Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C861 Economics with Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C148 Economics with Psychology,
BSC C158 Economics with Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C168 Economics with Psychology (Including Placement Year)

Module description

Can psychology help make better decisions? Yes! From curbing climate change to selecting the best candidate for the job, decision-making science has many important insights to offer, which is why it is becoming increasingly popular in education, politics, business, economics and health. Governments, businesses and charities all understand the value of identifying decision pitfalls (e.g., social and cognitive biases) and using strategies to overcome these. In this module, you will learn about decision-making theories and gain the skills to understand, predict and improve people's decisions for real-world issues (e.g. "how can we help doctors better diagnose patients?", "how do we motivate people to exercise more often?", "how can we encourage people to be more prosocial?").

Module aims

The module aims to develop an understanding of the psychological processes underpinning human decision-making. Students will develop a strong command of the theories and empirical findings in decision making science and will learn about how those can be used to tackle some major social challenges, such as climate change or antimicrobial resistance.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:


1. Be familiar with key theories and models of decision-making science and how these can be used to address current societal challenges.
2. Develop a critical understanding of current research in judgement and decision-making science (e.g., biases, heuristics).
3. Design and apply basic behavioural interventions for a range

Module information

Weekly lectures will consist of an introduction to each topic of the module and a review of research on the topic. Students will learn based on a diverse set of materials such as slides, videos, quizzes, team work activities, in class presentation.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will consist of 10 lectures of 2 hours each.

Bibliography*

This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Research Briefing Poster    100% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marie Juanchich, email: m.juanchich@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Marie Juanchich, Dr Miroslav Sirota
m.juanchich@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
No
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 25 hours, 25 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Psychology

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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