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What are systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and practise is in ‘seeing’ the world in a particular way, because how you ‘see’ things affects the way you approach situations or undertake specific tasks. This course will help you to learn about the problems of defining a system and meet some of the key concepts used in systems theory: boundary, environment, positive and negative feedback, etc.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • display confidence in using systems concepts and language
  • describe accurately the set of key systems concepts
  • understand what is distinctive about systems thinking as opposed to other forms of thinking
  • understand how systems thinking is useful in analysing and improving situations
  • understand the notion of a system as a creation of the observer, i.e. as an intellectual construct, as opposed to using the term system in other ways, i.e. as entities that exist ‘out there’.

Course Curriculum

Expand All Collapse All 19 Lectures 8 hours, 53 minutes
Section 1
1.1 How to use this course 00:30:00
Section 2
2.1 What is this systems thing about? 00:20:00
Section 3: Ways of thinking
Ways of thinking Part 1 00:20:00
3.1 Logical thinking 00:20:00
3.2 Causal thinking 00:30:00
3.3 Reductionist thinking 00:25:00
3.4 Holistic thinking 00:30:00
3.5 Multiple partial views 00:20:00
3.6 Perspectives 00:40:00
3.7 Distinguishing worldview from perspective 00:08:00
3.8 Summary 00:25:00
Section 4: Systems thinking
4.0 Systems thinking 00:15:00
4.1 Thinking in systems 00:35:00
4.2 Summary 00:20:00
Section 5: Types of systems
5.0 Types of systems 00:20:00
5.1 Definition of a system 00:30:00
5.2 The language of systems 01:20:00
5.3 Summary 00:55:00
Section 6: Final Phase
Conclusion 00:10:00

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