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Managing complexity: a systems approach

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Do you need to change the way you think when faced with a complex situation? Managing complexity: a systems approach, is a free course that examines how systemic thinking and practice enables you to cope with the connections between things, events and ideas. By taking a broader perspective complexity becomes manageable and it is easier to accept that gaps in knowledge can be acceptable.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • reflect on personal purposes and expectations of doing this course
  • record personal initial and developing understandings of what the course is about
  • keep an on-going record of these developing understandings, expectations and experiences
  • use a Learning Journal to record any reflections
  • take responsibility for these reflections.

First Published: 16/08/2012

Updated: 16/05/2016

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