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April 12, 2022


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Diagramming for development 1: bounding realities, is a free course that introduces you to the systems diagramming techniques of Rich pictures, Spray diagrams and Systems maps.

Using a case study project based in Africa, the course illustrates the use of powerful use of systems diagramming for international development management. This is a companion course to Diagramming for development 2: exploring inter-relationships.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe and discriminate between three different diagramming techniques for making sense of realities
  • Appreciate how each technique can be used to explore a complex situation, issue or problem
  • Use particular diagramming techniques for brainstorming ideas and concepts associated with complex situations
  • Analyse some links between variables in development intervention
  • Identify initial strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with development intervention.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
  • Case study: the Working for Water Programme 00:15:00
    • The role of diagramming 00:15:00
    • When to use each diagram 00:15:00
    • Using diagramming techniques to explore the WWP 00:15:00
    • Rich pictures 00:20:00
    • Final diagram 00:10:00
    • Spray diagram 00:15:00
    • Final diagram 00:15:00
    • Systems maps 00:20:00
    • Final diagram 00:15:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00

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