Special Lecture on Value. Decision and Culture III

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Lecturer
Michael Reber  Michael Reber 
Place
Mon3-4(W9-203)  
Credits
Lecture2  Exercise0  Experiment0
Code
66065
Syllabus updated
2010/10/13
Lecture notes updated
2010/9/20
Semester
Fall Semester

Outline of lecture

Introduction to Systems Thinking: Principles and Applications

This is a student-centered class conducted entirely in English for the learning of systems thinking principles.
The class consists of 15 sessions. By the end of the course students will have an understanding of systems thinking principles, processes, and applications.

Purpose of lecture

The purpose of the course is for students to learn and understand systems thinking principles and applications.

Plan of lecture

1: Course Introduction. Unit 1: Concept of Systems Thinking: Concept of a System
2: Unit 1: Concept of Systems Thinking: Systems in Context
3: Unit 1: Concept of Systems Thinking: Principles of Systems Thinking
4: Unit 1: Concept of Systems Thinking: Principles of Systems Thinking: Principles 2-3
5: Unit 1: Concept of Systems Thinking: Principles of Systems Thinking: Principles 4-5
6: Unit 2: Systemic Behavior: Reinforcing and Balancing Processes: Behavior Over Time Graphs
7: Unit 2: Systemic Behavior: Causal Loops: Building Causal Loop Diagrams
8: Unit 2: Systemic Behavior: Causal Loops: Building Causal Loop Diagrams
9: Unit 2: Systemic Behavior: Causal Loops: Building Causal Loop Diagrams
10: Unit 2: Systemic Behavior: Causal Loops: Building Causal Loop Diagrams
11: Unit 3: Complex Systems
12: Unit 4: From Loops to Leverage: Applying And Practicing Systems Thinking
13: Unit 4: From Loops to Leverage: Applying And Practicing Systems Thinking
14: Unit 4: From Loops to Leverage: Applying And Practicing Systems Thinking
15: Unit 4: From Loops to Leverage: Applying And Practicing Systems Thinking

Textbook and reference

Required Books:
Pegasus Communications. Learning Package: Systems Thinking. Waltham, MA: Pegasus Communications, 2004.
Includes:
* Introduction to Systems Thinking by Daniel H. Kim, 1999.
* Systems Thinking Basics: From Concepts to Causal Loops (Workbook) by Virginia Anderson and Lauren Johnson, 1997
* Guidelines for Drawing Causal Loops (pocket guide) by Daniel H. Kim, 1995
* Guidelines for Daily Systems Thinking Practice (pocket guide) by Linda Booth Sweeney, 1999.

Supplementary Material:
Sweeney, Linda Booth. The Systems Thinking Playbook. Hartland, VT: Sustainability Institute, 2008.

Related and/or prerequisite courses

Not applicable

Evaluation

Student grades will be based upon the regular letter grade system as described below:
AA= Excellent- 90-100%
A= Very Good- 80-89%
B= Good- 70-79%
C= Average- 60-69%
XX= Failing based upon coursework grade.
X= Failing based upon not attending 2/3 of class sessions (Fourth absence is automatic failure)

Grades are based upon the following:
1) In-Class Participation and Attendance: 50%
2) Final Exam: 50%
Total for Semester: 100%

Supplement

*The student must participate in all class sessions unless otherwise excused. The student must complete all assignments, attend regularly, take notes, and work with others in a congenial manner.
*It is highly recommended that students do outside reading on issues discussed in class.

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