HLT511 Clinical Judgement and Decision Making (8)

This subject will explore the issue of judgement and decision making within the context of professional practice. The subject will examine different approaches to judgement and decision making from an analytical perspective. Students will be able to review different approaches that they can use in their professional practice to make and evaluate their judgement and decision making.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HLT511. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in postgraduate courses in a health related field.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically discuss the differences between judgements and decisions
  • be able to discuss and apply the principles of clinical decision making
  • be able to apply analytical methods to evaluate and critically reflect upon their judgements and decision making
  • be able to evaluate methods to improve their clinical decision making process
  • be able to analyse and critically reflect upon external issues which affect the clinical decision making process
  • be able to analyse, review and synthesise appropriate literature in relation to clinical decision making in professional practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Decision making and judgement
  • _ differences between decision making and judgement
  • The cognitive continuum
  • _ Hamms cognitive continuum
  • _ intuitive vs. analytical decision making
  • Expert policy capturing
  • _ Lens model
  • _ Policy capturing equations
  • Decision algorithms
  • _ Decision algorithm development
  • _ Using algorithms
  • _ Political considerations
  • Judging Judgement
  • _ Gold standards
  • _ Test results
  • ROC Analysis
  • _ Producing ROC
  • _ Evaluating ROC
  • Bayes Theory
  • _ Sensitivity
  • _ Specificity
  • _ Predicted values
  • _ Odds form of Bayes Theory
  • Computer aided decision making
  • _ Data based
  • _ Expert systems
  • _ Neural networks
  • Decision analysis

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HLT511 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online activity 1
Assignment 2
Assignment 3

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.