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Maps and plans, architects and engineers, drawings, graphs and tables: all are models we use in everyday life. This free course, Systems modelling, will introduce you to the modelling process, enabling you to recognise that systems models may be used in different ways as part of a process for: improving understanding of a situation; identifying problems or formulating opportunities and supporting decision making.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- describe and use a general classification of models
- outline and discuss the process of systems modelling, where models are used as part of a systemic approach to a range of different situations
- recognise that systems models may be used in different ways as part of a process for: improving understanding of a situation; identifying problems or formulating opportunities; supporting decision making.
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- 1 Preamble
- 2 An introduction to models
- 3 Systems modelling in practice
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Maps and plans, architects‗ and engineers‗ drawings, graphs and tables: all are models we use in everyday life. This course will introduce you to the modelling process enabling you to recognise that systems models may be used in different ways as part of a process for: improving understanding of a situation; identifying problems or formulating opportunities and supporting decision making.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Systems (Computer) courses or view the range of currently available OU Systems (Computer) courses.
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