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Whether in high-stakes matters of national security, or in key business initiatives and projects, flaws in reasoning can severely undermine an argument or strategy.

This 100% online Melbourne MicroCert introduces the Reasoning Stress Test (RST) – a new method of argument evaluation co-developed with an agency in the National Intelligence Community to identify and fix key reasoning errors.

Ideal for intelligence analysts and professionals employed across risk and security analysis, this 4-week course will equip you with high-level practical skills to pinpoint flaws in arguments and make sound rigorous judgements.

Understand common reasoning flaws

Examine a range of significant and pervasive reasoning flaws to gain a deeper understanding of how to efficiently analyse arguments.  Draw on real world   case studies, from national security to business,  to identify flaws in arguments and enhance your ability to expertly pick apart conceptual connections in reasoning.

Detect argument flaws with the Reasoning Stress Test

Gain hands on practical experience using the Reasoning Stress Test to detect flaws in arguments. You’ll be trained in how to use this method to home in on specific parts of complex arguments, clarify judgements, and evaluate intelligence analysis.

Use your new skills to identify flaws in intelligence analysis

Apply the concepts you’ve learned in this course to fictionalised national security intelligence assessments. Evaluate arguments, identify potential reasoning flaws, and present your findings to your peers. You’ll gain expert professional feedback from your course facilitators and subject matter experts.

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 academics 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.


For individuals

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

$1490 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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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