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What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and practice 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 free 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.

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’.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 8 hours
  • Updated Tuesday 29th March 2016
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Systems (Computer)
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Systems thinking and practice

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What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and practice 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.

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