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ARTS 2002 - Complex Problem Solving

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 4 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Discovery Experience – Working: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Assessment: Short online test 30%, Team presentation of Findings 30%, Reflective document 40%

In a world defined by complexity, uncertainty, and an abundance of information, possessing effective problem-solving techniques can make the difference between mastery of situations, or being overwhelmed by them. Complex Problem Solving aims to equip students with practical and broadly applicable thinking skills. It will enhance students’ awareness, analytical ability, and capacity to adapt to new challenges. This course is designed to enable you to identify and comprehend complex problems and gain familiarity with a suite of practical problem-solving techniques. At the completion of the course you will be able to employ lateral and critical thinking skills to decide: what is the problem, how can I effectively address it, what techniques would I use, and How will I know if I have successfully addressed the problem? This course is drawn from research across several disciplines, including philosophy, logic, operations research, behavioural economics, psychology, and neuroscience. By integrating a combination of techniques from these fields, this course recognises that there are several ways to identify, understand, and address complex problems. All too frequently the solution to a complex problem is only as good as the techniques that were employed to develop it, so being a confident and competent problem solver is very important. In order to promote competence and confidence, this course employs a combination of explanations, examples, and opportunities to put concepts into practice, with both team activities and individual tasks to encourage reflection

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 16/03/2020 Thu 26/03/2020 Fri 12/06/2020 Not Available

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
14791 LE01 50 28 3 Mar - 7 Apr Tuesday 2pm - 4pm Engineering Nth, N132, Teaching Room
28 Apr - 26 May Tuesday 2pm - 4pm Engineering Nth, N132, Teaching Room
Related Class: Practical
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
14792 PR01 50 28 4 Mar - 8 Apr Wednesday 11am - 1pm Ingkarni Wardli, B17, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 27 May Wednesday 11am - 1pm Ingkarni Wardli, B17, Teaching Room