This class builds on the core ideas in the Principles of Problems Solving class and introduces a rigorous problem solving framework built around the notion of the Modern Problem Solver. The Modern Problem Solver is a person that can build informative models (both qualitative and quantitative) of the problem at hand and use these models to gain insight to support decision making and further learning. The Modern Problem Solver is someone that augments their domain knowledge with mathematical, statistical and programming skills to create computational models to drive insight.
Business analysts, scientists and engineers who have not completed a Ph.D. and anyone interested in improving how they think and learn. Additionally anyone interested in honing their skills in how to create and apply simple models to aid in decision making will find this class enormously beneficial.
How You Will Benefit
Review of wicked problems and opportunity driven problem solving
Introduction to the Modern Problem Solver
Introduction to the five elements of effective thinking an learning
Reintroduction to the scientific method
Overview of statistical thinking and how it is related to problem solving
Introduction to systems engineering conceptual design and how it is a sound methodology for model-based problem solving
Formal introduction to model-based problem solving
Discussion on the differences between expert modelers and novice modelers
Overview of the seven management and planning tools for building rigorous, qualitative models
Introduction and application of the Modeling for Insight formal modeling process for creating quantitative models
Introduction and application of Python and Jupyter Notebook as a means to lower the barrier to model building for those students that aren't “programming experts”
Two case studies to reinforce the tools and techniques learned in the class
Introduction to the Modern Problem Solver and Element of Effective Thinking
Statistical Thinking, The Scientific Method and Conceptual Design
Introduction to Model Based Problem Solving and the Modeling for Insight Method
Seven Management and Planning Tools and Modeling in Three Ways Case Study
Modeling for Insight Case Study
Students must each bring a laptop with internet access and a modern web browser for the two case studies
Notebook with lecture notes
CD-ROM of reference materials and software
Copies of “Modeling for Insight” and “The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking” for additional reading material outside of class
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