Decision Analysis (APPEL-DA)
This course is designed for NASA's technical workforce, including systems engineers and project personnel involved in project teams or small projects.
This two-day course is designed to provide the tools necessary to improve the quality of a factually based decision-making process for resolving technical issues at NASA.
Case studies, small group applications, and informed discussions with knowledgeable resources will serve as the basis for course activities.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify Decision Analysis relationship to NPR 7123.1A, NASA Systems Engineering Processes and Requirements, including role of Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP).
- Recognize factors contributing to successful and unsuccessful decision making.
- Apply a standard process for decision-making.
- Identify which technical issues are subject to formal evaluation, and discern the differences between a well-framed problem and a poorly framed one.
- Define the criteria used for evaluation, and identify alternative solutions to address decision issues.
- Select evaluation methods and tools, and assess alternative solutions with respect to evaluation criteria.
- Make a decision, document, and evaluate decision impact.
Competencies and Technical Areas Addressed
- Communication and Decision Making
- Systems Engineering
- Technical Decision Analysis
The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended that 1 transferable graduate-level credit be awarded for the successful completion of this course.