Melbourne MicroCert Detecting Flaws in Reasoning

Learn to detect flaws in arguments and intelligence analysis using the Reasoning Stress Test.

  • Fees: $1490 AUD (inc GST)
  • Delivery mode: Online
  • Duration: 4 weeks
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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.

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

Research Associate, Hunt Lab

Ashley is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, writing on the evaluation of reasoning in intelligence analysis, with a focus 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 professional analysts, and has developed questions for a critical thinking skills test for the intelligence communit

Tamar Primoratz

Research Associate, Hunt Lab

Tamar is currently completing a Master of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. During her work at the Hunt Lab, she has overseen 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, and has developed validation studies on quality of reasoning metrics, and training materials for intelligence analysts.


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$1490 AUD (inc GST)

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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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