Comparative Decision Making Studies

Analysis and Decision Support Tools

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

Graduate Certificate - Curriculum

To complete a CDMS graduate certificate, students must complete at least 15 units in the following four areas.

Year 1

Fall Semester:
CDMS 601 - Theory and Methodology of Comparative Decision-Making Analysis (4 units) - This foundation course will teach baseline information and methods about CDMS and will initiate the process of cross-cutting analysis and integration. The course structure and activities are intended to help meld a student cohort and to introduce the students and many of the CDMS faculty to the skills, backgrounds, and interests within the group.
Spring Semester:
Breadth/Depth requirement - two elective graduate courses (6 units) - Each CDMS student will take at least one 3-credit graduate course in the secondary field from options established by the program to help broaden understanding of CDMS-related issues and methods by introducing the student to a discipline different from his/her own. This should help prepare the student to choose a research project and mentor for the CDMS project course during the second year. In addition, each CDMS student will take a course within their primary discipline intended to establish depth in the student's chosen area.

Year 2

Fall Semester:
CDMS 602 - Collaboration, Integration, and Communication in Comparative Decision Making Analysis (2 units) - The Collaboration, Integration, and Communication (CIC) course will stimulate integrative collaboration across disciplines in intensive weekly 2-hour sessions. It will further develop many of the key concepts and methods introduced in the Foundation Course CDMS 601, expanding the student' knowledge base while emphasizing the dynamics of interactive analysis and synthesis. Students should emerge from this course with confidence in their ability to link effectively across disciplines, employ appropriate methods, solve problems in a group setting, and distill general principles from diverse material. We expect students to produce term papers for this course approaching or reaching publication quality (submission for publication will be encouraged when warranted) and for the instructors to publish an analysis of the pedagogical value of the course structure.
Spring Semester:
CDMS 690 - Research Projects in Comparative Decision Making Studies (3 units) - This course is intended to broaden the students' perspectives and skills by giving them an integrative research experience in connection with another research discipline beyond their own official graduate program, under the guidance of a CDMS faculty member. The specific deliverable target is a potential dissertation chapter and publishable study that necessitates functioning in a different academic context and accomplishing a productive linkage between disciplines. The content of the course must be approved in advance by the CDMS Curriculum Committee.
Possible Electives:
  • BIO 535 Comparative Neurobiology and Behavior,
  • BIO 608 Behavioral Ecology and Life Histories,
  • CS 663 Artificial Intelligence,
  • CS 685 Data Mining,
  • DIS 790 Knowledge Management,
  • DIS 790 Decision Support Systems,
  • LIN 516 Grammatical Analysis,
  • PHI 575 Philosophy of Mind,
  • PSY 621 Proseminar in Learning,
  • PSY 628 Proseminar in Cognitive Processes,
  • STA 630 Bayesian Inference,
  • STA 661 Multivariate Methods