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153-Decision Making in Engineering Planning and Design

By: Raymond L. Barrett, Jr., PhD, PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

153-Decision Making in Engineering Planning and Design

This course illustrates the categories of decision making under conditions of Certainty, Uncertainty, and Risk and introduces some tools related to decision processes in engineering planning and design. Conditions of Certainty may be assumed as a reference or bench-mark for defining the best possible outcomes, but may also be used as a simplification often used to provide a first level of feasibility checking or for conditions with negligible risk. A first example of decision making under conditions of certainty is taken from the use of Linear Programming (LP) tools to optimize constrained resource allocation to optimize a monetary return. Both a graphical approach and the "Simplex Method" are introduced to illustrate how to identify an optimum. A second example is taken from the use of the Critical Path Method (CPM) as used in determining the planning of a project. Extensions of CPM to include elements of risk and the PERT Method in the decision making under conditions of Risk are deferred until that risk is discussed, but the CPM elements are used as a framework. A short discussion of decision making under conditions of Uncertainty is included with introduction of payoff tables and both optimistic and pessimistic approaches. Because the predominant form of decision making is under conditions of Risk, concepts of probability are discussed including conditional probability, Bayes' Theorem, expected values, the value of research and information, and the extensions of CPM to develop estimates in the PERT scheduling technique. Links are provided in several locations to available free, open-source software tools associated with certain topics. The tools and techniques are useful both during initial planning and as more information becomes available suggesting plan revision.

153-Decision Making in Engineering Planning and Design
James Fowler
06/25/2018
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Very good course.
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153-Decision Making in Engineering Planning and Design
Michael D. Klein
11/13/2017
Good review regarding the methodology and tools for decision making when certainty, uncertainty and risk are involved in a project.
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153-Decision Making in Engineering Planning and Design
Bob Harrington
05/26/2017
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Learned a lot from this course.
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153-Decision Making in Engineering Planning and Design
Ragnar Palsson
02/02/2017
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The course was informative and fairly easy to follow.
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153-Decision Making in Engineering Planning and Design
David
12/29/2016
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Very clear and well-written introductory course.
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153 Decision Making in Engineering ...
Carlos Vicente
05/17/2016
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Some of the questions were not clearly covered in the provided material.
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Good review
Anonymous reviewer
03/06/2016
Needs minor proofing but the essence is there.
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153 review
Martin Savrick
12/10/2015
Poor definition of some terms - "element" not defined for questions 18 & 19. Lacking a definition of "assumed decision conditions", I assumed PERT differed from CPM by the use of uncertainty allowances
There appears to be an error in Equation 7.7 and example.
Since term p(S)*$30K has double negative, correct form of EV is p(S)*$130k-$30k - one "proof is this approaches unity as p(S) approaches one
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Good Primer
R. Lytton
12/08/2015
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Course was a good primer for decision making techniques. Appreciated the explanations of the underlying theory behind the methods.
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A good refresher
anonymous
04/17/2015
The course sparked some good memories from some graduate engineering management courses that softened the gray matter a little bit. It should jog some memories bring back some good habits.
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Don
03/04/2015
In depth review of statistics and probability concepts applied to potential management issues. Course was intense with review, review, review of text required.
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WW
03/04/2015
I found the course to be a bit intense
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Life made easier...
anonymous
02/18/2015
Well presented information. Had some issues with accessing the information (certainly caused by my government computer) but it was quickly provided by a real live PERSON. Nice in this computerized world to have professional efficient personal assistance when needed. (Thanks Pat!)
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anonymous
01/15/2015
It was certainly not easy but a good course. You had to think to get to the right answer
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PE Certification Course
Nicolas Andreyev
12/01/2014
The course was very good and very detailed. A little beyond my expertise, but it was a good subject to review and try to understand as it applied to all aspects of engineering work.
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Senior Project Manager
anonymous
11/08/2014
Several of the questions were not clearly covered in the material.
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anonymous
11/07/2014
I see little value in this in actual practice. I have 40+ years of practice and am registered in 15 states and Canada
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Claudio Dallavalle
07/12/2014
very thorough course, made me go back and do a little refreshing on some of the answers. Good test of knowledge.
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anonymous
06/16/2014
Just fine
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anonymous
04/23/2014
Good info
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anonymous
04/11/2014
The course provided a good review of many decision making techniques.
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Decision making under certainly, risk and uncertainty
anonymous
02/10/2014
The title of the course is very captivating, however the content is too theoretical to be of any significant practical value to a practicing engineer. The course content was sketchy and lacked detailed at many places for the student to research or figure out the missing details. This would have been appropriate for a semester long university course but for a 4 hour continuing education course - a tall order.
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anonymous
12/30/2013
I was surprised I got #8 and #13 wrong! I guess I read the info incorrectly. I never saw where #15 was clearly stated in the info. I guess this one was supposed to be inferred? Overall definitely a good course if you need to be refreshed on Decision Making. I enjoyed getting back into expected values and Bayes Theorem.
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James N. Salapatas
12/21/2013
Very good course. I teach risk analysis courses at DeVry University, KGSM. The text material for this course is comprehensive and illustrates how experienced engineers and project managers make project decisions. However,some of the examples delve into more academic statistical procedures and terms than I would deem practical for the practicing project manager or engineer. Overall, a good course for the new engineer and project manager and an excellent refresher for the experienced.
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anonymous
12/19/2013
Question 25 is typical of my comments - in the course (p38), Beta distribution paramenters are ...

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SunCam Comment: The reviewer challenged the correct answer for question 25. Portions of the review has been deleted because it reveled the correct answer.
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peter lederman
10/28/2013
The equations need some explanation. It is usual to define terms such as the "u" and "inverted u." Ialso thin a carteful editing would help as I found at least mathematicla errot (I am doing this from memory) in one of ther 4.-- equations. Ther eis no Table 4.3.
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Probability, linear and graphic programming discussion.
John
10/25/2013
The course was presented from an academic perspective: heavy on math and light on interpretation and application. There was no mention of systems like Primavera or the Windows scheduler, or observations as to how these systems are implemented or should be implemented.
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Decsion Making Course
anonymous
10/24/2013
I thought the course was an excellent presentation of different tools and methods for decision making. The examples were very helpful and facilitated understanding the theory
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anonymous
10/23/2013
I found the course material very hard to follow.
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Keith Mast
10/21/2013
While this was a decent overview, I got lost in all of the detail regarding the medical testing. Since I am an engineer, I think the examples should be related to engineering and the application of the decision making process to engineering projects. I think the author could use a design or construction process to illustrate everything he explained through the medical testing example.
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Sanjay Shingade
10/14/2013
Good topic handling. Learned other side of Management. Thanks.
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Michael Nimmons
10/14/2013
Very good review of statistical and project management techniques. The material is quite concentrated. A few more examples could have helped facilitate a clearer understanding for me.
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anonymous
10/21/2012
This course was well and thoroughly prepared and served as a good basis for continuing education and a review of the tools and techniques for decision making.
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Price: $90.00
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Course Code: 100206-12
Course PDH Hours: 4
Engineering Course Approvals
  • This course is accepted for engineering continuing education credit in all states.
  • Ohio rules allow only 6-hours of unsupervised online courses such as this course per license renewal period

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