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* Retrieved from Course syllabus AK203V (Autumn 2020–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • introduction to decision theory and concepts such as rationality, preferences, aims, uncertainty and utiliity,
  • presentation and application of decision-theoretical methods,
  • introduction to decision making under risk and uncertainty,
  • philosophical perspective on decision-theoretical questions,
  • exercise in formalisation and analysis of decision problems.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • give an account of the basic concepts that are used in decision theory,
  • give an account of the basics of formalisation of decision problems, choices of decision-theoretical method and decision during risk under risk and uncertainty
  • discuss and problematise the formalisation of decision problems and justify choice of decision-theoretical method given a certain decision problem under risk and uncertainty,
  • discuss decision-theoretical issues from a philosophical perspective
  • discuss and problematise decision theory and decision making method in practical and professional contexts.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

120 credits higher education

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • PRO1 - Projekt, 2,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Education cycle

Second cycle

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