This module can  be taken as a Short Course for Credit.
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All applicants must have completed the Fundamentals of Systems Thinking module before undertaking the this course


Though not required for all methods involved in Systems Thinking, many methods require elements of mathematics and systems of notation to capture and record the logic and description of systems and systems behaviour. The aim of this module is to introduce a range of formal representations for systems and their behaviours.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • LocationOnline
  • Cost£1,490

What you will learn

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

  • Differentiate between the types of information and data required by each systems method.
  • Explain the different notations and formulae required for model-building.


  • Select, elicit, manage and interpret appropriate types of data, information and statistics for model building making the trade-off between value, cost and timeliness.
  • Demonstrate the application of a range of notations and formulae within model-building.

  • Core content

    Topics covered include:

    • Introduction to formal methods
    • Logic and structures
    • Probability and Bayesian theory
    • Decision modelling
    • Relationship modelling
    • Simulation and agent-based modelling

    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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