Carnegie Mellon University

88-635 Decision Science & Policy

Research in the social sciences has extensively investigated how decision-makers behave when they encounter different and difficult decision scenarios. This course serves as an introduction to how relevant research from decision and social sciences can be applied to complex environments such as those encountered by governments (intelligence and policy analysts) and private industry (business strategists and information officers).

Topics of operations research, game theory, signal detection theory, and decision theory (heuristics and biases) will be discussed, with consideration given to the application of these theories so as to improve the performance of individuals and groups within a complex social system.

Prerequisites:  None
Schedule: Spring semester  
Units: 12