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2015 Unit of Study

The session(s) below are for 2015. For Summer School 2015 unit of study availability please visit the Summer School website (main Summer session January/February 2016).

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The Psychology of Business Decisions
UoS Code MKTG6104
Credit points 6
Offered Semester 2
Prerequisites None
Prohibitions MKTG5002
Assumed Knowledge
Additional Information
Lectures 1x 3 hr seminar per week
Assessment major assignment (34%), mid session examination (15%), minor assignment (15%), class participation (4%), final examination (30%), and research component (2%)
Description Given limitations in their ability to process information, humans adopt a variety of heuristics or \"rules of thumb\" when making judgements or decisions regarding business problems, product choice and consumption options, and in their personal lives. The evolution of these heuristics over time has ensured that they produce generally good outcomes across a variety of contexts. However, they also lead to systematic, and sometimes substantial, errors in certain cases. This unit of study helps students understand biases in human decision making, and how they influence business and consumer decisions in everyday life. For each decision domain, the psychological heuristic is contrasted with the logical rule for producing an optimal outcome.