Computational Thinking

With a comprehensive combination of theory and practice, this course enables participants to address complex business challenges and make informed, decisions. Computational Thinking provides the theory of cognitive biases, analytical tools and behavioural models that underpin effective, strategic, and innovative decision-making.

Digital Skills Academy
Course Starts:
July 2, 2018
Course Ends:
August 3, 2018
Registration Closes:
June 25, 2018
5 weeks plus final assessment
Effort Per Week:
10 hours
Delivery Mode:
Digital Business
Single Payment:
Total fees

Course Introduction

Computational Thinking is the thought-process involved in solving problems, designing systems, assessing human behaviour and introducing innovative actions to overcome the complexity of change while delivering business results.

This course provides participants with the ability to apply decision theory, combining social psychology and behavioural economics to work-based business scenarios. Participants will investigate various cognitive biases and learn how to utilise a portfolio of decision-making tools from idea formulation to business solution delivery. They will develop adaptive problem-solving techniques, act as dynamic decision-makers whilst facing risk and uncertainty and build on their critical-thinking and leadership skills to deliver sustainable business solutions.

Impact On Upskilling Talent Pools

This course is for participants looking to gain decision-making skills and build on their leadership skills. This delivers high-value benefits for organisations that are looking to develop new business opportunities. While upskilling is a vital enabler of recognition and retention for critical staff, ensuring that in-company talent have the right skill set to build sustainable business solutions will foster successful innovative strategies.

On completion of this course, participants will have covered:

  • The key tenets of Behavioural Economics, Evolutionary Psychology & Social Psychology
  • Agile Scenario Planning methodology and how it applies to strategy planning
  • Examples of the impact of cognitive bias on the individual and group in decision-making/problem-solving in work-based scenarios.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving under risk and uncertainty in ‘work-based’ business projects
  • Critical and creative problem-solving methodologies to excel in the business environment.
  • The decision-making process from problem identification to adaptive strategy development

On completion of the course, participants will have gained the following set of skills immediately applicable to their business environment:

  • The critical ability to understand the numerous cognitive biases that impact our daily lives
  • Improved problem-solving and decision-making skills

On completion of this course, participants will have created the following assets:

  • An analysis of research in the cognitive bias arena
  • The application of a bias to help improve future decision-making abilities

As part of our application process, participants will take a simple, online suitability assessment for their chosen course. Based on their answers, this will confirm that participants have the skills and experience required for a successful outcome.

10 hours (comprising a weekly average of 5 taught hours plus 5 additional hours on average for self-study, research and group work)

Participants will be given a number of course-specific assignments that both reinforce the learning and provide work-based experience of applying new skills. All assignments are subject to a rigorous assessment framework. Assessments for this specific course include a weekly quiz and a research piece into the various cognitive biases that impact our daily lives.

Key Benefits Of Online Short Courses

Work-Based Experience

Participants work on assignments that present work-based business challenges. They experience and meet the exacting demands of digitally-enabled change.

Collaboration Skills

Participants develop both the digital skills required by your organisation and the team-working skills needed to exploit them successfully.

Expand Your Talent Potential

The learning experience enhances the wider business skills required by your organisation. These include a digital mind-set, agile thinking and user-centred design.

Reinforcing The Learning

On Live Syncs and Mentoring sessions, participants tap into the knowledge of lecturers in real-time. They provide expert advice on assignments and support the development of group-working skills.

Flexible Learning Methodology

Digital Skills Academy short courses are based on a proven, flexible learning methodology. Content is accessible from anywhere, at any time via a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Peer Learning

Participants are part of an online international community of working professionals. So they and your organisation benefit from the insights and experiences shared by peers from across the globe.

Participant Employers

Participants represent a significant cross-section of global brands from a wide mix of industries, including the following:

Corporate Partner Feedback

“We are on the search for new skills - we are rolling out new functionality in Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Insurance and Finance in all of the nineteen countries that we’re in. Digital Skills Academy will help significantly to fill those digital skills gaps.” Fanie Van Heerden - Head of IT Solutions, Architecture and Design, Standard Bank Group

Frequently Asked Questions

Are any extra resources needed to complete this course?

All the resources you require will be provided within this course and extra web-based resources such as official documentation will be highlighted.

Will we have access to the course lecturer to ask questions?

Participants will be able to ask the course lecturer questions at any time through a special forum set up for this course.

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