This course can only be taken as a Short Course for Credit.

For more information please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section.

Through taking a systems thinking approach, this course provides the necessary skills and knowledge that enable professionals working in implementing information systems or critical cyber contexts to consider the wider context and adapt to continual change. It focuses on investigative methods, systems thinking and anticipating futures with a view to problem solving in a real-world context.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days face to face learning (with additional distance learning to be completed during 7 weeks)
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,490 Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate a range of approaches to understanding complex information system and cyber environments,
  • Critically assess approaches to innovation in contested and competitive problem spaces,
  • Appraise the techniques that can be used to design investigation, problem formulation and structuring, and interpretation of data.
  • Design and apply methods to investigate problems in organisational contexts leading to their review and resolution,
  • Analyse and scope a complex problem-space with a view to action and improvement.

Core content

  • Adapting to change in complex environments,
  • Representing and navigating complexity,
  • Systems methods including Soft Systems Methodology, the Viable Systems Model and Critical Systems Heuristics,
  • Organisational dynamics and change,
  • Monitoring and adapting,
  • Anticipating future requirements,
  • Dealing with disruptive and novel technologies, events and emergent changes.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

After successful completion of this Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Defence and Security (Technology) MSc, Information Capability Management MSc or Cyber Defence and Information Assurance MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

Students must have successfully completed Foundations of Information Systems in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit.


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A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Location and travel


How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.