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DQ 101: Introduction to Decision Quality

A free, five-week MOOC (massive open online course), presented by Strategic Decisions Group in association with RIMS, The Risk Management Society.


At its core, a
risk assessment is a decision making process made up of repeatable steps based on rational decision making. Understanding what forms a quality decision is foundational for achieving desired outcomes.

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That is why RIMS is pleased to associate with Strategic Decision Group (SDG) and Dr. Carl Spetzler in offering this unique learning opportunity to our risk management community.

Register for SDG's free five-week introductory course, and you’ll work in teams to learn the Decision Quality approach, which draws from the disciplines of business, engineering, psychology, organizational behavior, and decision science. 

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Anyone can benefit from DQ – from chief risk officers, directors, and risk managers to analysts and other risk professionals. Learn to improve your decision-making process, generate better alternatives, focus on relevant information without getting bogged down, apply sound reasoning, and take timely action more effectively and efficiently. Register today!

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Expect to spend between 2-4 hours per week on the course over the five-week period.

Course Design:
This course is designed as a combination of short lectures and engaging team-based activities. While participants may work on their own, for a richer educational experience we recommend joining a team.Course materials, communications, and assignments will be in English. 

Course Content:
Week 1: The Power of Decisions in Shaping our Lives and Business Fortunes
Week 2: Appropriate Frame; Creative and Doable Alternatives; Clear Values and Trade-offs
Week 3: Relevant and Reliable Information
Week 4: Sound Reasoning
Week 5: Gaining Commitment to Action; Bringing it All Together

Technical Requirements:
You will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and upload a variety of assignments including videos, slides, and text.

Statement of Accomplishment:
Subject to satisfactory performance and course completion, you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor.

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Next Session

Jan. 15 - Feb. 21, 2015

DQ for Risk Managers

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 Carl Spetzler

For more than 40 years, Carl Spetzler has worked with executives and boards of directors to implement best practices in corporate decision-making. 

Student Comments

90% of recent participants said this course was relevant to their job; 91% said they would recommend this course to colleagues. 

"It was really thrilling to see how you can cut through complex problems with the proper chain of steps and some useful tools."

"I have taken several NovoEd courses and this was one of the best." 

"The learnings I take from this MOOC will not only help me improve my decisions in my personal life, but also will help in project management and risk management." 

"The lectures were easy to follow, and the case study exercises provided valuable insight about the DQ process."

"I was quite impressed how close a MOOC can come to a face-to-face course experience."

What is a MOOC?

 A MOOC is a massive open online course designed to foster large-scale interactive participation. 

Format & Workload

Video lectures are released weekly and can be viewed at any time. Workload is 2-4 hours per week. 

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