COLL E105 — Rational Decision Making
Meeting times and locations: MW 10:10-11:00 BH 109; F discussion sections tba
This course has two main goals:
Additionally, some of the things you will learn may help you convince your friends that you are smarter than they are!
There is no text book for the course. All readings and other exercises are online at IU's OnCourse system, oncourse.iu.edu.
Note about the readings: Instead of masses of basic, introductory material, the readings have been selected deliberately to challenge you. That is why there are only five — you can expect to need to read more than once to thoroughly understand them, and five of the discussion sections during the semester will be specifically geared to help you understand them. They are examples of the level of writing that you will be expected to handle with ease by the time you start taking upper level courses. You should also note that these readings are not supposed to be the last word on any topic: they present ideas that are controversial, requiring you to exercise critical judgement.
The course is divided into five modules, each module worth 200 points.
100 points of each module is assigned by your AI, and will be based on your participation in discussion sections (10), completion of online assignments (20), and AI's grading of required logbooks (70).
100 points of each module is based on your performance in the in-class exam for that module. The 5 module exam dates are tentatively scheduled as follows:
Exam dates will be confirmed at least 7 days in advance.
The five course modules and their classroom dates are as follows:
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University rules concerning academic misconduct will be rigorously enforced in this class. See IU Code of Ethics, Part II for details.