1.3 Studying this course
This course contains a number of self-assessment questions and activities, which are designed to reinforce your understanding of the concepts presented. These form an important part of the teaching strategy and you should work through them as they arise, and read the solutions provided before moving on. This course contains no practical exercises requiring the use of a computer. Some exercises will require you to produce diagrams. You could use a drawing package for this, or simply hand-draw the diagrams.
We expect you to spend about half your time on Section 3.1 and Section 4.1 of this course, which cover the basic ideas involved in building a conceptual model. Section 5.1and Section 6.1 are shorter, but cover concepts that you might find more challenging. The final section simply brings together the work you have done earlier in the course.
In studying this course, you will need to refer to a PDF document containing information on the Hospital System, which will be linked to within the text when required.