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Postgraduate Certificate in Systems Thinking in Practice free course icon

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Postgraduate Certificate in Systems Thinking in Practice

This certificate may change the way you think about the situations you face. You'll learn to think more holistically, taking account the interconnectedness of all components making up the problem situation and working more collaboratively with others in the situation. You'll find out how to relate the ideas of key systems thinkers to your own practice. The discipline of systems thinking gives you the tools to challenge your approach to complex situations; to assess the relationships of different components within a situation; to consider the roles different stakeholders play in the situation including yourself as a systems thinking practitioner; to recognise that each person brings with them their own perspective on a situation and to work with those multiple perspectives.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice free course icon

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Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice

This diploma course develops your ability to approach and tackle complex, messy problem situations, providing practical tools that will help bring new perspectives and approaches to problem solving. It may well change how you think about a task and situation associated with your own area of (often professional) interest. You will consider the roles other people play, reflect on your own and others' practice and assess how the different components within a situation are related. You will develop the skills to think more holistically and to work more collaboratively with others, in order to move towards effective solutions and avoid systemic failures.

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MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice

This MSc has the development of holistic thinking skills and appreciation of multiple perspectives at its core. Systems thinking skills are relevant in many different areas. For example, business, engineering, environment, development, health, IT management, and organisation change. Gain insights into the ways other people think about situations. Learn how to apply concepts, tools and techniques developed by systems thinkers. Develop your own ways of thinking in practice, and become aware of how you can act to bring about improvements in complex situations.

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Making strategy with systems thinking in practice

This module will enable you to take strategic action in complex interconnected situations, where contrasting understandings, motivations and interests can often lead to conflict. By integrating tools from five traditions of systems thinking into your practice, you will develop capability towards making choices with ethical awareness and political sensitivity. You will nurture capacity to strategically utilise both improved understanding of inter-relationships, and enhanced engagement with multiple perspectives. The module is designed to enrich your understanding of systems thinking whilst making practical progress on situations from your existing professional work and/or situations of more general interest to you.

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Managing change with systems thinking in practice

This module is about effecting whole-system change. It views change as inescapable in managing everyday situations ranging from personal to workplace to society in general. Rather than passively accepting change, this module will equip you with skills to shape the nature and direction of change. It will develop your abilities to manage change with others to avoid systemic failures and improve joined-up actions amongst stakeholders along supply chains, in projects, or even in social activism. It's about learning to use systems thinking in practice to help you engage with and make change, and act accordingly in recognising the interconnected nature of organisations and environments.

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IT systems: planning for success

IT systems are a critical part of our world, in business, public sector and voluntary sector environments, and are often highly complex and interconnected combinations of technology, organisations and people. Yet they frequently fail, often spectacularly. This module teaches the skills to enable you to contribute towards successful IT systems. It draws on techniques from systems theory, software engineering and management to: understand the nature of success and failure, design IT systems to enable success, and ensure that IT systems are robust in the face of future changes. You will also learn skills in project management and will cover legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

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Systems security

This module is based on the systems security domain of the Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK). This knowledge area includes cryptography; authentication, authorisation and accountability (AAA); operating systems and virtualisation security; and distributed systems security. Throughout the module, you'll develop knowledge and understanding of these important cyber security subject areas. The proliferation of digital systems impacts our daily lives, bringing a range of challenges, including the security of these systems. Systems range from those embedded in our homes ? providing security, energy management and home automation capabilities ? to desktop and mobile computing systems, and control systems powering the 4th industrial revolution.

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Systems explained by Humberto Maturana

In May 2021, Humberto Maturana, a Chilean Biologist, died aged 92. In these videos he explains the differences between information transfer within biological and non-biological systems.

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Systems Practice case study - The CEO article icon

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Systems Practice case study - The CEO

Jemima Almey is the CEO of a small but successful consultancy group - how does systems thinking shape her role?

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Systems in action: Pea canning case study

A challenge to a canning company's business required some quick changes.

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Systems thinking: a select glossary

Get to grips with the terms which drive systems thinking.

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Systems explained: What do we mean by feedback?

Why is feedback so essential to keep on the right course?

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