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Hand holding a lightbulb Systems Engineering Awareness: Systems Thinking Basics is a Course

Systems Engineering Awareness: Systems Thinking Basics

Time limit: 90 days

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Full course description

Systems thinking uses a holistic approach to analyze engineered systems in terms of structure, interactions, and behavior.  This integrative approach allows us to understand the emergent properties of the whole system that cannot be described by studying individual parts.  In this micro-course, systems thinking is defined and an approach to apply systems thinking is described.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this micro-course, students will be able to:

  • Identify system thinking definitions and concepts
  • Define an approach to apply systems thinking to complex problems
  • Identify system thinking tools and techniques
  • Define the difference between systems thinking and linear thinking
  • Describe how systems thinking can benefit system development

 

This micro-course addresses the following INCOSE learning objective:

  • Know the concepts of system science and system thinking 

 

Approach

This micro-course is organized to have short lectures (less than 15 minutes) followed by a short quiz (5 questions) on the lecture content.  In this micro-course, the content is organized into the following lectures:  

    1. Lecture: Introduction to Systems Thinking
    2. Lecture: Overview of Systems Thinking Tools
    3. Lecture: Overview of Systems Thinking Archetypes
    4. Lecture: Introduction to a Systems Thinking Approach