This module can  be taken as a Short Course for Credit.
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All applicants must have completed the Introduction to Systems Methods module before undertaking the this course


This module allows you to develop and demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills acquired in the taught modules in the context of a continually changing organisational environment and practical problem context. It is  focused on a work-based problem solving context. Where a significant problem cannot be identified to enable the apprentice to demonstrate all skills and behaviours required, situations will be identified by the sponsor organisation to provide the apprentice with appropriate opportunities for practice.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration3 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,490

What you will learn

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

  • Evaluate the utility and application of a range of systems thinking methods and approaches across a range of organisational contexts and interventions
  • Explain the benefits, principles and skills of systems approaches to stakeholders and participants in an intervention in order to guide them through a systems intervention
  • Appraise personal performance and development, identifying and exploiting opportunities for continual structured learning
  • Interpret and explain systems models and representations in comprehensible language for stakeholders; can adapt communication method to audience
  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours whilst developing and leading systems-based interventions within their own organisation

    Core content

    Topics covered include:

    • Select, plan and design a significant work-based intervention
    • Justification of methods selected and approach to be taken
    • Undertake intervention in the workplace to achieve the benefits intended

    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.

    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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