ICT 501: System Dynamics

The increasing complexity of human-activity (socio-technical) systems that surround us today calls for a new approach to problem view and intervention. Systems dynamics represents a new paradigm (holistic rather than linear) to understanding complex problem situations providing a set of graphical modeling tools for discerning the underlying structures of such systems. It adopts a methodology based on computer simulation for building management flight simulators that permit to experiment with various policy choices to find leverage points or changes that effect the desired outcomes or design new policies through restructuring. The course is designed to develop skills in the creation and use of computer simulation models for policy analysis and formulation of business strategy. A principal focus of the course is the significance of information feedback and circular causality in the behavior of socio-technical systems.

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Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course student will be able to: