Practical Systems Thinking (SYS 530)


Offering semester:
Spring 2019


T, Th 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm WANG 2579

Course description:

Engineers, social scientists, and managers frequently bring people and technology together to address complex problematic situations in an equitable way that benefits people and the environment. Multiple systems concepts and methods have been developed to address these situations, and typical courses in systems focus on a relatively small portion of the rich assortment of available approaches to addressing systems problems. This course introduces students to multiple systems concepts and methods via readings and class lecture. The students then apply these concepts and methods on team-based projects. The course will emphasize critical thinking about how the concepts and methods are applicable to the problematic situations of the projects and how well the project teams were able to perform the required activities. 

Learning objectives:
SYS 530-Spring 2019

1. Learning about group project team formation, operation, and evaluation.
2. Learning and applying a collection of functionalist systems methods in a team environment.
3. Learning and applying an interpretive systems method in a team environment.
4. Learning and applying critical systems heuristics and soft systems methodology in a team environment.
5. Developing written and oral communication products to present results.

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