This module is only offered as part of the Systems Thinking Practice MSc.

To conduct a self-directed piece of research applying the principles, practices and techniques developed on the course to a real world problem of interest and relevance to you.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 16 Sep 2024 - 12 Sep 2025
  • LocationCranfield campus

Course structure

Partly individual written assignment and partly group work. A 3500 words individual written assignment that will be a reflective piece on applying the systems engineering approach and system lifecycle in a practical example and on critically evaluating the impacts of decisions. The group multi part assessment consist of 1) a Group Portfolio worth 20% of the overall assessment that must record of the group activities throughout the week and capture the work, assumptions and any learning points and 2) a Group Presentation worth 10% that will provide a reflection on the activities undertaken in the module.

What you will learn

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

Demonstrate an ability to acquire, organise, discuss and assess knowledge associated with complex organisational or social issues

  • Plan, organise and undertake a piece of research with appropriate supervision.
  • Apply appropriate methods, tools, techniques and knowledge to a complex problem.
  • Demonstrate an ability to gather and critically appraise data, and utilise it within the appropriate academic and practical context.
  • Prepare a written submission to effectively communicate findings

    Core content

    The course will cover the following topics:

    • The thesis forms a vital element of the programme of study and offers the student an opportunity to develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained from the course to an agreed topic.
    • Students will be allocated an academic supervisor who will guide them in the suitability of topic chosen and conduct of the research

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