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Whether in high-stakes matters of national security or in business strategies and presentations, flaws in reasoning can severely undermine an argument.

This Melbourne MicroCert introduces the Reasoning Stress Test (RST) – a method of argument evaluation co-developed with an agency in the National Intelligence Community – to identify and fix key reasoning errors.

It's ideal for intelligence analysts, as well as other analysts and knowledge workers, seeking to master this crucial part of argument evaluation.

Understand common reasoning flaws

Examine a taxonomy of reasoning flaws to gain a deeper understanding of various types of arguments and the ways in which they may go awry. Pick apart conceptual connections in reasoning and identify the parts of an argument that require amendment.

Detect argument flaws with the Reasoning Stress Test

Gaining practical guidance from expert facilitators, you'll explore how the Reasoning Stress Test can be used to pinpoint flaws in arguments. Use the method to home in on on specific parts of complex arguments, and clarify judgements and intelligence analysis.

Apply your skills to identify flaws in intelligence analysis

Putting your knowledge into practice, you'll review historical and fictionalised intelligence analysis, evaluating the argument and zeroing in on potential reasoning flaws.

The Hunt Lab offers a range of short courses for groups and individuals that cover the essential technical training and theory top-quality analysts need. Learn more.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Ashley Barnett

Researcher, The Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research

Ashley researches the evaluation of reasoning in intelligence analysis, focusing on the Reasoning Stress Test (RST), which he formulated for measuring the quality of reasoning in reports. He's previously researched how to teach argumentation to intelligence analysts, which involved developing and delivering training courses to agencies and professional analysts around the world.

Tamar Primoratz

Researcher, The Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research

Tamar's work at the Hunt Lab has involved overseeing the evaluation of the reasoning process, based on the USA Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)'s rating scale, for several of the Hunt Lab's collective reasoning studies. She has developed validation studies on quality of reasoning metrics and training materials for intelligence analysts, and coordinated a panel of professional analysts and academics to develop a consensus view on analytic rigour.


For individuals

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

$1490 AUD (inc GST)

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For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Detecting Flaws in Reasoning, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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