Introduction to Strategic Decision Support Systems

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In-house delivery

UNSW Canberra Professional Education Courses may be available for in-house delivery at your organisation's premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.





Course Information

The success of organisation capabilities is closely associated with the degree of understanding of its issues and the quality of decisions made as poor judgement reduces efficiency and increases capability costs. The aim of this course is to provide attendees with an overview of the key decision challenges of capability management and the tools and techniques employed in the practice of capability/project management and complex decision-making. The participants will have an opportunity to analyse how a decision problem can be structured and learn how to solve and implement the optimal capability solution. This course contains practical exercises to reinforce attendees' understanding of complexities associated with the development and management of capability projects and to allow them to apply the decision support techniques to real-life projects.

No prior knowledge is assumed.

Duration: 1 day

  • Introduction to project, program and portfolio management
  • Introduction to decision-making
  • Introduction to decision support systems
  • Decision-making challenges & risks
  • Types of problems and decisions
  • Define the different types of data
  • Challenges with DM tools and techniques
  • Identifying the right problem to solve
  • Identifying decision criteria
  • Set decision hierarchy
  • Generating possible solutions
  • Selecting the most preferred solution/s
  • Group exercises to reinforce the concepts discussed in the course.
  • The course ends with a multiple-choice test to serve as a reminder of the key points thought during the course.

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.


Darius Danesh
Darius Danesh

Dr. Darius Danesh is a specialist in Project Portfolio Management and data analytics, and a decision-making advisor working closely with leaders across many industries in the public and private sectors. He has worked internationally across a diverse range of industries including Defence, Infrastructure, Transport, Energy, Oil and Gas, and Mining.

He has led and advised on a range of subject matters including Project, Program and Portfolio Management, PMO Management, Governance, Change Management and Performance Improvement, Organisational Maturity Assessment, Strategic Leadership and Asset Management, Multi-criteria Decision-Making and Decision Support Systems, Infrastructure Development, Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Programs, Quality Audit and Risk Management.

Darius has been a Company Director and a Board member at various engineering and project management organisations. He is a Director of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), a member of the Canberra Division Committee of the Engineers Australia and has been an AIPM endorsed RegPM Certification Assessor and a panelist for numerous Chartered Professional Engineering (CPEng) assessment interviews.

He is a Fellow Certified Practising Portfolio Executive (FAIPM CPPE) and a Fellow Chartered Professional Engineering Executive (FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE). Darius holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in Engineering Science and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Project Management from the University of New South Wales (UNSW); and a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management. He has received several awards and commendations for excellence in engineering, project management and data science during his career.