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All applicants must have completed the Fundamentals of Systems Thinking module before undertaking the this courseWe all bring our own biases and perspectives into conversations about systems, and we are often very defensive of our ideas and beliefs. The significant benefit of thinking in systems comes when working collaboratively and being able to actively listen to others and contribute in an open constructive manner. This module explores the world of bias and reasoning, how they affect decision-making and, through practice, demonstrates the benefit of dialogue and conversation in building consensus. Techniques introduced include World Café, Appreciative Inquiry, Scenario Planning and Reflective Practice
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The course has a running case study, which serves as a practical 'hand-rail' to guide students through the application of systems thinking methods and provides a 'tool-box' of approaches and methods that take a more holistic approach to problem structuring, requirements capture and definition; appreciating multiple viewpoints and addressing different perspectives.
At a glance
- 20 - 24 Mar 2023
- 17 - 21 Apr 2023
- Duration5 days
- LocationCranfield campus
What you will learn
On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
This module focuses on the setting up and successful exploitation of workshops, studies and other interventions relevant to the systems thinking practitioner’s role;
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When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Systems Thinking Practice MSc
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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.
Location and travel
Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway. There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.
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How to apply
To apply for this course please use the online application form.
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