This module introduces a selection of methods currently used by a range of systems practitioners, utilising appropriate case studies as opportunities to practice application in real world contexts.
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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

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost

What you will learn

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

  • Compare and contrast at least three modelling approaches, including at least two of the widely-used systems methodologies or approaches.
  • Evaluate each systems approach with regard to their applicability, benefits and limits.
  • Apply a range of systems methods to a variety of systems, real world situations and scenarios, producing conceptual models to provide insights into current or future challenges.
  • Use models to develop and test options or to explore the range of possible interventions relevant to the situation of interest

    Core content

    Topics covered include:

    • Soft Systems Methodology
    • Diagrammatic Methods
    • Viable Systems Modelling
    • Critical Systems Heuristics

    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

    Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

    Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

    Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

    All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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    How to apply

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

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