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Systems Engineering (SYSEN)

SYSEN 507 (EDSGN 507) Systems Thinking (3) The theory and practice of systems thinking. General systems theory; system dynamics, emergent properties, structure, feedback and leverage.

SYSEN 507 Systems Thinking (3)

This course provides students with the tools to understand and describe complex systems and to identify emergent properties, feedback mechanisms, and their effects. Students will understand the difference between systematic and systemic approaches, the pitfalls of reductionism, and the necessity for holistic system understanding and description. They will apply these ideas through a variety of approaches and methodologies including Causal Loop Diagrams, Stock and Flow Diagrams and Rich Pictures.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2015

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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