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Certificate In Problem Solving and Decision Making Online Course

Work Your Way Through Tough Decisions

Work Your Way Through Tough Decisions

Despite all the natural decision making and problem solving that we do, some people are very uncomfortable with having to make decisions. This course will show you how to find creative solutions with a process to identify options, research them, and then put things together in a way that works.

In this course, you will learn a three-phase problem solving process that you can apply to any situation. You will also learn techniques for creative thinking, how to make good group decisions, and ways to follow up on and evaluate decisions.

After you complete this Problem Solving and Decision Making course, you will be able to:

  • Apply problem solving steps and tools.
  • Analyze information to clearly describe problems.
  • Identify appropriate solutions.
  • Think creatively and be a contributing member of a problem solving team.
  • Select the best approach for making decisions.
  • Create a plan for implementing, evaluating, and following up on decisions.
  • Avoid common decision-making mistakes

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Easy to follow and understand
  2. Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required
  3. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Certificate of Completion

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, MAC, tablet or Smart Phone.

Recognition & Accreditation

This course is internationally recognized and accredited by the International Association of Online Training Standards (IAOTS). The courses offered by Courses For Success are unique as they are taught in a step by step process enabling students to complete them quickly and easily, so that you can obtain your qualification sooner. All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion. Courses For Success is committed to high completion rates and therefore 100% student satisfaction.

Session 1: Course Overview

  • Learning Objectives
  • Pre-Assignment: Introduction
  • Pre-Assignment: Case Study
  • Pre-Assignment: Making Connections
  • Pre-Course Assessment

 Session 2: Definitions

  • Pre-Assignment: Defining Problem Solving
  • Classifying Problems
  • Problem Identification
  • Eight Essentials to Defining a Problem
  • Problem Solving in Action

 Session 3: Making Decisions

  • What it Means
  • Three Types of Decisions
  • Advice from an Expert
  • Facts vs. Information
  • Eight Ingredients for Good Decision Making
  • Decision-Making Traps

 Session 4: Getting Real

  • Introduction
  • Case Study
  • Questions

 Session 5: The Problem Solving Model

  • Model Overview
  • Another Perspective
  • Keeping an Open Mind
  • Solving Problems the Right Way
  • Real Problems
  • Making Connections
  • Phase One
  • Definition
  • Analysis
  • Phase Two
  • Brainstorming
  • Checkerboard
  • Research and Report
  • Evaluation
  • Decision Making
  • Phase Three
  • Solution Planning Worksheet

 Session 6: Case Study

  • Case Study
  • Making Connections

 Session 7: The Problem Solving Toolkit

  • The Basic Tools
  • Criteria
  • Legitimizing Problems and Positions
  • The Communication Funnel
  • The Fishbone, Part One
  • The Fishbone, Part Two
  • Degrees of Support
  • About Brainstorming
  • Before Brainstorming
  • During Brainstorming
  • After Brainstorming
  • Limitations of Brainstorming
  • Brainwriting
  • Step One: Create a List
  • Step Two: Create the Diagram
  • Step Three: Link and Categorize
  • Step Four: Finalize and Review
  • Brainstorming and Brainwriting
  • More Methods

 Session 8: Aspirinia

  • Introduction
  • Individual Action Steps

 Session 9: Swotting Up

  • SWOT Analysis
  • SWOT Matrix
  • SWOT Checklist
  • Individual Analysis

 Session 10: Making Good Group Decisions

  • Working Toward the Decision
  • Model Review
  • Decision Frames
  • Stepladder Technique
  • The Delphi Technique
  • Nominal Group Technique
  • Avoiding Fatal Mistakes
  • Fighting the Status Quo

 Session 11: Analyzing and Selecting Solutions

  • Selecting Criteria
  • Deciding on Wants/Needs
  • The Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Creating a Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Making Connections
  • Creating a Cost-Benefit Analysis

 Session 12: Planning and Organizing

  • Introduction
  • Follow-Up Analysis
  • Evaluate
  • Adapt, Close, and Celebrate

 Session 13: A Personal Action Plan

  • Starting Point
  • Where I Want to Go
  • How I Will Get There

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 002PSDMOC
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Lifetime Course Access
Time required: Study at your own pace
Course Duration: 6 - 8 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate