2014 Unit of Study
The session(s) below are for 2014. For Summer School 2014 unit of study availability please visit the Summer School website (main Summer session January/February 2014).
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|The Psychology of Business Decisions|
|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 will help 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.|