This module can  be taken as a Short Course for Credit 
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Though many systems are considered to be Complex Systems, this module provides a focus on the specific aspects of engaging with complex systems, developing systemic models and using micro-worlds to support their exploration. Aspects of autonomy and Artificial Intelligence, in conjunction with human activity and agency, will also be covered addressing learning systems in terms of complex feed-back.


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At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,310 - Short Course for Credit fee

What you will learn

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

  • Describe what a complex system is (and is not).
  • Develop knowledge about the challenges of modelling complexity
  • Examine complex models to understand system feed-back
  • Explain the implications of autonomous AI with human activity
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    Core content

    Topics covered include:

    • Overview of the academic and business studies of complex systems; including complex adaptive systems.
    • Consideration of implications for modelling such systems; including a short piece of group work to specify a model (e.g. microworld) that would allow exploration of a complex system (e.g. transport or health system).
    • Then to address aspects of where AI may be considered in such a system, understanding issues of adaptation and learning and support to decision-making

    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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