Critical Thinking: From Conceptualization to Presentation

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  • Critical Thinking: From Conceptualization to Presentation

Critical Thinking: From Conceptualization to Presentation

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(FS-ISAC members receive 25% discount with code FSISAC25OFF. Membership will be verified prior to course start date.)

Instruction Method: Instructor-led classroom learning. Globalytica’s instructor team will emphasize small group exercises. 

Audience: Analysts seeking to improve the quality and impact of their analysis and written products.

Location: FS-ISAC; 12020 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite 230, Reston, VA 20191

Course Overview: This course introduces a set of critical thinking concepts and Structured Analytic Techniques (SATs) that analysts can use to structure analysis, generate solid analytic arguments, take into account change and ambiguity, and avoid major mistakes. Students practice through hands-on exercises specific skills to help them understand their client’s needs, overcome mental mindsets, challenge assumptions, organize information, diagnose problems, develop alternative scenarios, perfect their presentations, and avoid surprise.

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore the following topics and practice using SATs:
• How to Conceptualize Analytic Frameworks and Construct Logical Arguments
• The Analysts’ Roadmap
• AIMS (Audience, Issue, Message, and Storyline)
• Assessing Source Credibility and Detecting Deception
• Portraying Probability and Levels of Confidence
• Identifying Risk and Vulnerabilities
• Dealing with Cognitive Biases and Intuitive Traps
• Principles of Effective Writing
• Crafting Good Titles and Topic Sentences
• Checking Your Key Assumptions
• Idea Generation with Starbursting
• Multiple Hypothesis Generation
• Analysis of Competing Hypotheses
• Multiple Scenarios Generation and Indicators
• Argument Mapping


{Student fee includes meals, beverages, course materials, and textbooks—Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence by Katherine Hibbs Pherson and Randolph H. Pherson; and Handbook of Analytic Tools and Techniques by Randolph H. Pherson}