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Camelford case study

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Introductory Level Duration 30 mins Updated 19 Sep 2013
How did clear thought help during the water contamination disaster at Camelford?

Terminal Cities

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Introductory Level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Jun 2013
Everyone wants to be able to go everywhere, but no-one wants the Terminal City near them. Simon Bell discusses the paradox of modern air travel.

Lighting up the roads of the future

Lighting up the roads of the future
Introductory Level Updated 29 Apr 2013
How far down the road are we in the technological evolution of our highways?

Systems explained: Sir Geoffrey Vickers

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Introductory Level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Nov 2012
One of the pioneers of systems thinkiing shares his vision.

Guide to diagrams

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Guide to diagrams Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory Level Duration 30 mins Updated 29 Aug 2012
Diagrams allow us to think in new ways and approach problems differently. Learn five invaluable diagramming techniques with this video series and quiz

Robin Roy's story

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Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2010
Explore the personal side of climate change with Robin Roy's diary entry.

Systems Practice - Video menu

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Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2009
See how systems thinking can make a difference for you by watching our selection of videos.

In search of intelligence

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Introductory Level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Mar 2009
Ivan Horrocks takes a look at the data trail we leave behind ourselves

IT failures, organisational amnesia and the "myth" of evidence based policy making

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Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jan 2009
Ivan Horrocks explores why we don't learn from our mistakes, and repeatedly ignore evidence based policy making when it comes to IT projects

A third runway for Heathrow?

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Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Feb 2008
'Heathrow: Ready for Take Off?' considers the possibility of a third runway for the airport - a controversial decision affecting many different...

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Knowledge technologies in context

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Masters Level Duration 22 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
This unit explores knowledge technologies, that is, software systems that can represent, interpret, formalise or interrogate phenomena and create...

Understanding the environment: A systems approach

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Intermediate Level Duration 1 hour Updated 27 Jul 2011
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Managing Complexity: A Systems Approach

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Advanced Level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Jul 2011
Do you need to change the way you think when faced with a complex situation? This unit examines how systemic thinking and practice enables you to...

Systems modelling

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Introductory Level Duration 4 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
Maps and plans, architects and engineers, drawings, graphs and tables: all are models we use in everyday life. This unit will introduce you to the...

Systems thinking and practice

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Intermediate Level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
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 ...

Systems diagramming

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Introductory Level Duration 12 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
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...

The database development life cycle

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Advanced Level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Jul 2011
No idea how relational database systems are constructed? Did you know that they underpin the majority of the managed data storage in computer...

Models and modelling

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Advanced Level Duration 14 hours Updated 15 Jul 2011
Models are mechanisms for communication. This unit looks at what a model is and what the process of modelling is about. The techniques discussed...

Software development for enterprise systems

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Advanced Level Duration 8 hours Updated 15 Jul 2011
Enterprise systems are software applications that automate and integrate all many of the key business processes of an organisation. With some...

Cyborgs and cybernetics

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Introductory Level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Feb 2010
What are cyborgs? Would a cyborg future deliver positive human advances or a Hollywood-style nightmare in which human beings have become a sub...

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Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 2013
This postgraduate diploma teaches practical skills for understanding complexity and taking action in an uncertain world, through applying systems...

Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change

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Masters Level Duration 300 hours Updated 14 Apr 2013 Register by 31 Mar 2014
Improve your management skills by exploring different approaches to engaging with complex situations and by developing your understanding of how...

Research project

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Masters Level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2013 Register by 31 Jul 2013
This research course enables you to gain an MSc by building on the postgraduate diploma that you already hold. You’ll develop and submit a...

The MSc professional project

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Masters Level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Jun 2012 Register by 30 Sep 2013
This highly intensive research based course enables you to design, conduct, analyse and report on a research project of your own choosing.You must...

Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction

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Masters Level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Jun 2012 Register by 30 Sep 2013
Develop your understanding of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and social learning in order to extend your skills of project, programme...

Postgraduate Certificate in Systems Thinking in Practice

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Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2012
This postgraduate certificate equips you with the essential skills for understanding complexity and managing change in an uncertain world.The...

MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice

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Duration 1800 hours Updated 11 Feb 2012
Building on your Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Practice you can achieve an MSc by undertaking a project module where you apply your systems...