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PM Primer: Cognitive Ability and Decisiveness

Credits: CEU = IACET CEUs | PDU = PMI PDUs | HRCI = HRCI Credits | SHRM = SHRM PDCs | CFRE = CFRE Credits | ACE = ACE Credits

PM Primer: Cognitive Ability and Decisiveness

PM Primer: Cognitive Ability and Decisiveness

Estimated Length: 2 hours
Access Time: 90 days
2 HRCI | 2 PDU

Key Features

Games & Flashcards
Real-world case studies
Badge and credit-awarding
Video content
Audio-enabled in app

Course Description

This online course focuses on those critical thinking, decision-making, and cognitive skills vital to effective project management. To be effective, project practitioners need to do more than just apply tools and techniques. They need to think critically about their projects and make good decisions that will put themselves—and their teammates—in positions to succeed.

Mastering these “softer” skills will allow team members and key project contributors to diagnose problems and situations in ways that will benefit the project, which will then propel them toward more successful outcomes. As they apply effective cognitive ability and decision-making skills, participants will make efficient choices that will help in dealing with uncertainties, and align work with expectations to lead the group to a successful result.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how critical thinking can be used to enhance decision making
  • Describe the steps that teams and individuals use to make effective decisions
  • Employ the Davenport-Kim three-stage model of decision making
  • Recognize the role that uncertainty and risk play in the decision-making process
  • Discuss how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator helps in understanding decision-making approaches

Refund Policy

You may request a refund up to 7 days from the purchase date. The registration fee will only be refunded if less than 10% of the course has been completed. Completion percentage can be viewed on the Course Progress page from within the course.


This course has an “Ask the Expert” feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

This course does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.

Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEUs. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.

This course requires the Project Management Institute®’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Sixth Edition (PMBOK® Guide). (Learners may also find it helpful to use the PMI® Practice Standard for Project Risk Management as support material.)

Project Management Institute, PMI, the Registered Education Provider logo, Project Management Professional, PMP, Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, PMI-ACP, PMI Risk Management Professional, PMI-RMP, the PMI Talent Triangle, and the PMI Talent Triangle logo are marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Information in this course has been taken from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) — Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017.

The following list outlines the PDUs you will earn for completing this course, based on the certification you have.

Certification Technical Strategic/Business Leadership Total
CAPM®/PMP®/PgMP® 0.75 0.25 1 2
PMI-RMP® 0 0.25 1 1.25
PMI-SP® 0 0.25 1 1.25
PMI-ACP® 0 0.25 1 1.25
PfMP® 0 0.25 1 1.25
PMI-PBA® 0 0.25 1 1.25

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