This module can  be taken as a Short Course for Credit.
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Applicants must have completed 60 credits worth of study from the Systems Thinking Practice MSc before undertaking this course 

    Within the world of Information Technology and Information Systems, efficiencies have been gained through the development and application of Enterprise Architecture.

    The key to success with enterprise architecture is in being able to align it with the enterprise purpose and key performance criteria, including resilience and sustainability. This module provides methods, tools and practice to ensure information systems can remain congruent with the business strategy goals and needs..


    At a glance

    • Dates
      • 14 Oct - 13 Dec 2024
    • LocationOnline
    • Cost£1,490

    What you will learn

    On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the value of Systems Thinking in Enterprise Architecture approaches
  • Distinguish the different kinds of organisational barriers to the alignment of enterprise architectures to the organisation
  • Critically assess various systems thinking methodologies and approaches from the perspective of understanding, knowledge and viewpoints, relating them to philosophical concepts such as ontology and epistemology.
  • Discuss the inter-relationships between systems thinking approaches and justify them from a foundational perspective..
  • Core content

    This module focuses on the application of systems thinking in the context of enterprise architecture. It incorporates the following topics:

  • Systems thinking as a foundation for architecting resilient and sustainable enterprises; enterprise architecture and enterprise architecture governance; the relationship between systems thinking methods and architectural approaches; the hierarchy of purpose within enterprises and the differing governance models required.
  • A case study will be used as a basis for the application of Soft Systems Methodology and the Viable Systems Model to enterprise architecture.
  • Upgrade to a professional qualification

    When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Systems Thinking Practice MSc.

    Find out more about short course credit points.

    Who should attend

    The course is aimed at:

    • Systems Analysts and Engineers of all disciplines
    • Managers/decision makers/policy makers
    • Individuals who need critical thinking skills to achieve successful outcomes in a complex working environment.

    How to apply

    To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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