|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Business, School of Information Technology|
|Semesters Offered:||May 2013 - Standard|
|Credit Value:||10 credit points|
|Subject Enquiries:||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Study Abroad availability:||Available to Study Abroad students|
|Subject Outline:||September 2012 [ Standard ]|
Systems exist everywhere. We cannot avoid being part of and interacting with a wide variety of organizational, societal, technical, inter-personal, and natural systems. The objective of the course is to understand the dynamics of systems thereby enabling you to discover your own mental models, clarify goals, identify leverage points, plan, and make intelligent judgments and choices. This class will examine the limitations and fallacies in human thinking and we will develop ways to overcome these limitations. You will learn to model complex systems in the language and mind-set of system thinking, use problem-analysis tools from systems dynamics, and better understand the process of goal setting, information gathering, and system planning. This understanding will help you recognize the complexities of real-world systems and see why some problem "solving" can actually create bigger problems. By becoming a "systems thinker" you will learn to see and think about the world in a new way.
Year two standing or permission of instructor
Students will learn to recognize the inputs, outputs, boundaries and transformations of dynamic systems. Also to be able to model systems as causal loop and stock/flow diagrams from system behaviors. Understand and apply the modes of thinking, the perspective and the analytic and communications tools employed in systems thinking and be able to apply the language, thinking and tools of systems dynamics to "real world" problems.