Professional and Compliance (GeoEnergy) Short Courses

Our professional and compliance courses will help you understand the various factors involved in decision-making, how the role of engineers and geologists can best support businesses and what effect human abilities and limitations can have on organisational and science outcomes.  

ASPER’s expert presenters have significant capability in economic evaluations, human capabilities and decision-making analysis and can teach you all the skills necessary to support business operations related to current and future energy resources. 

Our courses

  • Decision-making essentials

    What is covered  

    Decision making was once linear but now it’s fluid and dynamic. Staff need to be flexible and able to react quickly to continuous, real-time and contextual information. Many people rely on experience rather than having any formal training. This course introduces the fundamentals of decision making, combining underlying psychology with decision science and strategies. 

    What you will learn  

    • Foundational topics like judgement, estimation and forecasting  
    • How to define and plan for risk, uncertainty and ambiguity  
    • How bias affects motivation, group behaviour and cognition  
    • Relevant decision analysis and monitoring methods 
    • How and when to use multi-criteria decision making  
    • Caveats for rational decision making – time and value trade-offs and defining ‘rational’.  
  • Human factors

    What is covered  

    How do our abilities and limitations, both physical and mental, impact on our ability to perform tasks, understand procedures and interact with devices and other people? Their effects on work performance, workplace safety and user experience make this course essential for anyone with a role in WHS, managing people or developing policies, procedures or products.  

    What you will learn  

    • Common human factors in science and engineering  
    • How human capabilities and limitations impact our senses and perception  
    • How human-centred design affects the useability of objects and equipment  
    • Important safety considerations such as fatigue and cognitive load  
    • How cybersecurity interacts with human psychology  
  • GeoEnergy business and project economics

    What is covered  

    The role of engineers and geologists is to support the business objectives of an organisation. Economic evaluations feed into investment and operational decisions. There are many subtleties to business strategy and economic calculations and understanding the concepts behind them helps everyone in the organisation to make better choices.  

    What you will learn  

    • The broader GeoEnergy business context  
    • Key economic and business concepts including money time-value  
    • The importance of cash flows and GeoEnergy fiscal regimes  
    • How to calculate net present value and other economic metrics  
    • The fundamentals of case study and portfolio management. 

Tailor it

We can access the University’s world leading GeoEnergy experts in areas including legal, environmental, business, organisational psychology, and physical sciences to tailor your training to your specific needs.  

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