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Systems diagramming

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Pictures speak louder than words. But how can you use diagrams to help you? This free course, Systems diagramming, looks at how diagrams can be used to represent information and ideas about complex situations. You will learn how to read, draw and present diagrams to help illustrate how ideas or processes are connected.

After reading this unit you should be able to:

  • appreciate diagrams as a powerful aid to thinking and acting;
  • distinguish between systems diagrams and diagrams helpful in systems work;
  • demonstrate sufficient skills to ‘read’ and ‘draw’ a wide range of diagrams, following given conventions, that help improve your understanding of a situation;
  • select diagrams suited to the needs of the situation you are investigating and the purposes/preferences of you as the diagrammer.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 12 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 1st August 2012
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Systems (Computer)
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Systems diagramming

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Pictures speak louder than words. But how can you use diagrams to help you? This unit looks at how diagrams can be used to represent information and ideas about complex situations. You will learn how to read, draw and present diagrams to help illustrate how ideas or processes are connected.

This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Systems thinking and practice: diagramming (T552) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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