ARTS 2002 - Complex Problem Solving

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 2002
    Course Complex Problem Solving
    Coordinating Unit Humanites & Social Sciences Office
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Course Description 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
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr David Olney

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • Assessment

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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    Assessment Task Weighting
    Multiple Choice Test #1  5%
    Multiple Choice Test #2 5%
    Major Essay (3,000 words) 50%
    Individual or Team Report Presentation 15%
    Individual or Team Report 25%
    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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