Course Title: Decision Making

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Decision Making

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Jason Downs

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5113

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In order to be able to confidently make decisions and achieve results, the future business professional needs to develop capabilities that include: understanding the organisational horizon; gathering and analysing data to understand current context of the business; the ability to apply decision-making processes; calculate risks; propose directions; and develop persuasive arguments. Other important capabilities include seeking counsel from peers and experts; considering the impacts of decisions and developing mitigation strategies; and leading change. This course will support you in developing and applying these capabilities in a range of authentic applications.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Evaluate how businesses develop and configure their activities based on stakeholder needs, motivations, perceptions and attitudes.
  2. Apply decision-making methodologies within a business context.
  3. Integrate organisational requirements, values and valid evidence when making decisions and communicate these persuasively to stakeholders.
  4. Consider the results of your decision/s and evaluate whether they have resolved the need/s you identified.
  5. Undertake reflective praxis regarding your personal development of capabilities related to decision-making and achieving outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered as a blend of face-to-face activities and online learning. Learning will be supported through in-class and online activities such as: personal development activities; guest speakers/expert commentators; prescribed readings; practical tasks; seeking and providing peer feedback; and reflective praxis.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. Class activities, recordings, notes and outcomes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 2, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on progress, outcomes and approaches, and by individual consultation.