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


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.

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:

  • 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

    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.

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    How to apply

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

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