This module can  be taken as a Short Course for Credit 
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Introduces the concept of systems and systems thinking. Whether you are involved in providing value for money in services such as the provision of education, health, defence or policing, in introducing or managing major programmes and projects, responsible for the design and procurement of major engineering initiatives, and managing in conditions of uncertainty, understanding systems and systems thinking and their contribution is a significant benefit.

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 campus
  • Cost£1,490

What you will learn

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

  • Explain core systems concepts and systems laws that underpin and inform the practical methodologies and methods
  • Describe essential attributes of systems
  • Apply systems laws, concepts and systems thinking approaches in real world situations, either applied directly, or to support systems methodologies


    Core content

    Approaches covered include:

    • Introduction to Systems
    • Complexity concepts
    • Ways of thinking
    • Systems Thinking Methods
    • Synthesising perspectives
    • Scenario Thinking

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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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    Campus address

    College Road
    MK43 0AL

    How to apply

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

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