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PAF 591 (25640)

Spring 2008


Introduction to Policy Informatics
Monday, 5:40pm - 8:30pm


Location: University Center Building Room 262, ASU at the Downtown Phoenix campus with occasional sessions being held at the Decision Theater at the Tempe campus.

Erik Johnston, Email: erik.johnston@asu.edu, Phone: 602.496.1103

Policy informatics is the use of tools, models, and simulations to help individuals and groups make and evaluate policy decisions. This course will examine the research literature in this field and several tools available to policy analysts. The course will review the broad theories and research with regards to collaborative decision making, uncertainty in decision making, breakdowns in decision making, complexity theory, visualization of quantitative and qualitative information, and geo-spatial information. Classes will alternate between lectures and hands-on sessions. The course will include a number of guest lectures, a course project, and will frequently use the Decision Theater. Junior, senior, and honors undergraduates allowed with instructor consent.


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