Environmental management and organisations
Environmental management and organisations

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

4.4 Systems diagrams

Finally, in this segment on systems, a brief word about diagrams.

A very effective way to ‘consider’ systems – i.e. to use them as heuristics – is to draw diagrams.

Earlier, you will have noted that a system is a set of interconnected elements comprising a whole within an environment (in the systems sense). Diagrams can be a very powerful way of exploring, learning about, and expressing this kind of connectivity and complexity. Certainly you can talk and write about systems, but one way to make them dynamic and immersive is to draw them. In this unit, you will meet a variety of diagram types to help you explore and learn about your perspective on environmental management systems. An overview of systems diagrams, conventions, use and worked examples are included in the Systems Diagramming [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] free course and also in the Guide to Diagrams. Diagrams then become useful ways of comparing your perspective with others – again as heuristics for learning.

To provide you with an introduction to how important perspective is to environmental management ideas and practices, part of this unit is focused on exploring changing perspectives in environmental management.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371