2019 Decision Making A

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Instructor(s)
Inohara Takehiro 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-6(W241)  
Group
-
Course number
LAH.T108
Credits
1
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2019/3/25
Lecture notes updated
2019/8/7
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Through discussion, group work, lectures, and working on exercise problems, this course deals with decision making problems which are essential in decision making theories, solutions of the problems, advantages and disadvantages of the solutions, and insights drawn from them.

This course aims to cultivate the students’ interests in decision making theories as well as to acquaint the students with essential decision making problems, solutions of the problems, advantages and disadvantages of the solutions, and fundamental concepts and basic knowledge in decision making theories.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1) State essential decision making problems and solutions of them;
2) Explain advantages and disadvantages of the solutions, and insights drawn from them; and
3) Explain fundamental concepts and basic knowledge in decision making theories.

Keywords

value criterion, elections; allocations, mechanism design, games in normal form, games in extensive form, social networks

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

One class deals with one or two decision making problem(s).

The students examine one or two decision making problem(s), first individually, second in pairs, then in groups of four, and finally with the class as a whole. Then a lecture on the decision making problem(s) is presented, and the students work on exercise problems. At the end of the class, each student writes and submits a “summary report” on what he/she learned through individual observation, other students’ ideas, the lecture, and exercise problems.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance, Self introduction, “Waiting for a cart” and “The slowest is the winner” State at least three topics this course treats. Make at least three new friends in the class. Explain the problems of “Waiting for a cart” and “The slowest is the winner” and their solutions.
Class 2 "Collection of tax" Explain the problem of "Collection of tax" and its solutions.
Class 3 “Sharing the water” and “Election of the chief of the village” Explain the problems of "Sharing the water" and "Election of the chief of the village" and their solutions.
Class 4 “Allocation of the expense for a cart” Explain the problem of "Allocation of the expense for a cart" and its solutions.
Class 5 “Location of a garbage dump” Explain the problem of "Location of a garbage dump" and its solutions.
Class 6 “Prisoners’ dilemma” and “Chicken game” Explain the problems of "Prisoners' dilemma" and "Chicken game" and their solutions.
Class 7 “A centipede game” Explain the problem of "A centipede game" and its solutions.
Class 8 “The gift of the Magi” Explain the problem of "The gift of the Magi" and its solutions.

Textbook(s)

None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are posted on OCW-i and/or provided during the classes.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment will be based on “summary reports” written during each class (50% in total) and the final examination (50%).

If you are absent from a class, regardless of the reason, points are subtracted from the assessment portion of the "attendance and contribution to classes."
There are no make-up assignments.
Read the course materials posted on OCW-i to find out the content of the class you missed.

Related courses

  • LAH.T208 : Decision Making B
  • LAH.T307 : Decision Making C
  • LAH.T107 : Social Modeling A
  • LAH.T209 : Social Modeling B
  • LAH.T308 : Social Modeling C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Prospective students should have interests in decision making problems.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Takehiro Inohara, inostaff[at]shs.ens.titech.ac.jp

Other

This course includes the content of science.

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