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Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World

University of Groningen via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Self Improvement
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 6 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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Overview

To learn how complexity and uncertainty influence and constrain our decisions.

Our world seems to ever become more complex and uncertain. Future leaders must be able to act under these conditions. This course provides you with the broad scientific background necessary to develop yourself into one of the future’s key decision makers. First, this course will address the core concepts of complexity and uncertainty. Next, guest lecturers will related sub-fields. Finally, relating this all back together in case studies about financial stability and city development will conclude the course.

Anyone who needs to make decisions in a complex and uncertain context (e.g. managers and project coordinators). The course will be taught at undergraduate level. Basic knowledge of economic, financial institutions, mathematics and logic will be helpful.

In this course, we use the free Netlogo software to interact with agent-based simulation models.

Taught by

Lex Hoogduin

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World
4.8 Based on 33 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It is a really well balanced course, although I must say that I have a knowledge in ecology, biology, math and a little bit of spatial planning, so for me it was just joy and I completed lessons every week, except for the last one.

Additional information is really great and there is a lot of well-spent hours for those who seek more.

For the others, keeping it on the edges of course in enough to have a really functional knowledge (I used a couple of thing from the course in my life the same week I found out about it) and wide enough base for future courses.

Best regards to whole team.
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Zane S
5.0 2 years ago
Zane completed this course.
A multi-disciplinary course, guaranteed to keep you interested from the start. The lecturers are very engaging and good communicators. Their enthusiasm for their subject is contagious.

I am certain that if anybody would take this at degree level they would have a very well rounded and marketable degree at the end of it given the broad spectrum of subjects covered including evolutionary biology, sociology, mathematics, psychology and economics.
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Pilar R
5.0 2 years ago
by Pilar completed this course.
This is an excellent course because of the quality of the material (videos and readings) and the structure of the content. Several experts share their knowledge about complexity, so learners have the opportunity to study the topic from different points of view. There are many quizzes that help learners to focus on the main points, and at the end, a case study is to be done in order for students to apply the concepts learned.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a fascinating course which is clearly presented by university lectures from various disciplines, and which involves practical tasks as well as the lectures and written texts. There is also an optional case study to do so that you can put your newly acquired learning into practice. I would highly recommend this course.
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Noel C
5.0 3 years ago
by Noel completed this course.
A well-delivered and thorough introduction to the subject of complex systems and their relevance to our world. The lectures and accompanying notes were of very high quality. I would highly recommend this course to anyone even remotely interested in the subject matter.
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Jonah I
5.0 3 years ago
by Jonah completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The course was a clear introduction to the principles of complexity. The presentation style made learning easy, and the lecturers clearly explained the different concepts. It was a good use of six weeks.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was excellent. I completed it but will refer back to a lot of the content for future use.

It gave deep insights into how and why the Financial crisis happened .

It covered risk, uncertainty, networks, City development, etc.etc
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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
An excellent course of a very fascinating subject. There are many teachers each offering a unique perspective. I liked the definitions provided on the various concepts and the part on leadership and entrepreneurship. Excellent and much needed advice.
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Anonymous
5.0 11 months ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
Well presented and very interesting. Parts were very relevant to my current research and have given me ideas as to how document some of the difficult areas.

THe course also stimulated a good set of comments from other students which I greatly enjoyed

I did all the course except the tests (which required payment) and due to non-course factors I didn't have time to do the end of course exercise - which looked an interesting challencge
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course will give you a better understanding of how our world works! Besides all the specific knowlegde about emergence, self organisation,tipping points etc. it made me accept the fact that the world is uncertain and that this is exactly what makes our world interesting.
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Richard S
5.0 2 years ago
by Richard completed this course.
This is a great course and gets into a really interesting area. As others have said, an interdisciplinary course with lots of strands from different fields of study coming together. Great experience to explore with a truly global audience.
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Anonymous
4.0 12 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a fun course. this introduced the basic concepts of complexity theory and has some excellent case studies, examples and some basic tools to use. The instructors do a excellent job of communicating the content and keeping it engaging.
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Anonymous
5.0 11 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent multi-disciplinary course that engaged all the way through. The lecturers are very knowledgeable and the content is varied and interesting. I also enjoyed engaging with fellow learners throughout the course.
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Martijn O
5.0 9 months ago
by Martijn completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I took the course in November 2017 and enjoyed it a lot. The key concepts are explained well and gave me plenty of "food for thought". It is a nice mix of various disciplines.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very well organized course. Useful to anyone interested in complex systems and decision making under complexity and uncertainty in a changing world.
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Anonymous
5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
it was very much value add to my knowledge ,

perfect teaching methodology by professionals .

i hope to continue on learning with future learning
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Reneryu R
5.0 10 months ago
Reneryu audited this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A very good introductory course to complexity research. The complexity theories taught have an economics focus, yet are still comprehensive.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course, really interesting and exciting. In my opinion a bit few techincal, but I understand that this is my "physicist-bias"
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Nadia B
5.0 2 years ago
Nadia completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is an excellent course - thorough, well explained, creative. Key concepts are very relevant to work as well as daily life.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course - worth your time if you are interested in learning and sharing ideas about decision making in a complexity!
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