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ERST 625

Systems Thinking and Dynamics

Course overview

A course to provide you with an holistic view of the fundamentals of systems thinking. This includes a trans-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approach to using systems thinking to address complex challenges in land-based systems.

Course information

Credits 20
Domestic fees $1,305.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Critique different paradigms and perspectives for understanding the world.
  2. Explain self-organisation of systems from parts to whole.
  3. Critically discuss and review systems thinking, systems theories and systems principles.
  4. Explain non-linear systems dynamics, order and disorder.
  5. Meaningfully design and effect change in both systems and systems thinking and philosophy.
  6. Carry out complex systems applications in biological, ecological, environmental, social and other spheres.
  7. Implement holistic trans-disciplinary systems frameworks for creating sustainable design solutions, leading to better management of various biological, environmental and natural systems.
  8. Develop practical solutions using systems modelling software.
  9. Appreciate the interconnectedness of personal, environmental and societal challenges, and how they influence each other.
  10. Recognise the importance of solving these challenges, and become inspired to applying your knowledge for greater good.

Course examiners

Sandhya Samarasinghe

Professor Sandhya Samarasinghe

Head of the Complex Systems, Big Data and Informatics Initiative

Department of Environmental Management

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