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Problem Solving for Scientists

Learn and apply powerful problem-solving models to find solutions to real-world problems.

Course Description

Participants learn a range of effective problem-solving tools and models that empower them to become prolific problem solvers.  Participants will confront actual problems that scientists are likely to come across and through interactive exercises will develop a framework they can immediately put to use in their current research and/or future careers. Throughout the interactive and highly relevant workshop, participants have the opportunity to apply the tools and techniques they’ve learned to some of their own problems.

Core Modules: 

  • Defining the Problem – Properly defining the problem is the first step in identifying a solution.  Participants learn the difference between a well-defined problem and a poorly defined problem and practice creating properly defined problems.
  • Problem Solving Techniques – There are many approaches to solving a problem. Here, we will expose participants to a range of techniques and explore when and how to effectively put to use.
  • Group Problem Solving –  Participants will learn effective team-based, collaborative problem solving methods that allow them to fully utilise the collective wisdom and intelligence of a team.
  • Evaluating & Selecting the Right Solution – When faced with multiple possible solutions, how do you decide which approach is the best?  In this module we provide participants with a structured framework for evaluating a range of possible solutions to determine which approach is the best.
  • Contingencies, Monitoring & Evaluation –  Learn how to make contingency plans and how to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution being implemented.

Length: 1/2 Day or Full Day

Group Size: 6-35

Target Audience:  Early Career Researchers

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