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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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At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • 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
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    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


    How to apply

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

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