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Systems Thinking: Essential Concepts

Foundational Concepts In Systems Thinking & Theory
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 2h 39m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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7.4 / 10

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5.6 / 10
This course was last updated on 6/2018.

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7.1 / 10
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8.9 / 10
Video Score: 8.0 / 10
The course includes 2h 39m video content. Courses with more videos usually have a higher average rating. We have found that the sweet spot is 16 hours of video, which is long enough to teach a topic comprehensively, but not overwhelming. Courses over 16 hours of video gets the maximum score.
The average video length is 2 hours 43 minutes of 8 Systems Thinking courses on Udemy.
Detail Score: 9.2 / 10

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Extra Content Score: 9.5 / 10

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Description

Systems Theory“Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots…Today systems thinking is needed more than ever because we are becoming overwhelmed by complexity.” – Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline
This course is an overview of the foundational concepts within system theory, in particular, it is focused on conveying what we call the systems paradigm that is the basic overarching principles that are common to all areas of systems thinking and theory. During the course we will be focused on systems thinking as a way of seeing the whole and the parts, seeing nonlinear causes instead of simple linear cause and effect, seeing dynamic patterns instead of flash shots of events.
Systems thinking has been defined as an approach that attempts to balance holistic and analytical reasoning. In systems theory, it is argued that the only way to fully understand something is to understand the parts in relation to the whole. Systems thinking concerns an understanding of a system by examining the linkages and interactions between the elements that compose the entire system. By taking the overall system as well as its parts into account this paradigm offers us fresh insight that is not accessible through the more traditional reductionist approach.
This course explores the foundations of systems theory, the process of reasoning call synthesis and its counterpart analysis. The central theme throughout the course will be on understanding these two basic processes of reasoning and how they relate to each other, thus enabling the student to become more effective in their reasoning and modeling.
Systems Thinking
In the first section of the course we start off by taking an overview to the systems paradigm, we will talk about how systems thinking helps us to gain an awareness to our processes of reasoning, their assumptions, strengths, and limitations. We will try to understand what paradigms in general are, before going on to talk about theories and the development of formal models.
Holism & Reductionism
In the second section, we explore the two basic approaches of holism and reductionism and their counterparts synthesis and analysis, which are the two processes of reasoning that form the foundations of systems thinking. In this section, we give a clear distinction between the two different approaches, how they interrelate and the consequences of using each approach.
Nonlinearity
The third section covers the theme of nonlinear causality, a reoccurring theme across all of the systems science. A major distinction between the analytical and synthetic approach is that between linear and nonlinear causality. In this section, we explore each and how they give very different conceptions to our understanding of cause and effect.
Relation Thinking
In the next section, we explore the relational paradigm, a way of looking at the world in terms of the connections between things, the networked patterns they form and how these shape and define the overall system. We go on to talk about the importance of interdependence and integration within systems thinking.
Process Thinking
The final section of the course is dedicated to process thinking. Systems theory sees the world in terms of constant change and macro-level processes that shape events through what are called systems archetypes. Likewise, we will talk about the key structural process of differentiation and integration that drives evolution and change within all forms of systems.
Audience
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in systems thinking and theory and should be accessible to all. By the end of the course students will have gained a new way of looking at the world, what we call the systems paradigm, that can offer fresh insight and a new approach to looking at virtually any domain of interest.

You will learn

✓ You will be able to better think in systems and communicate more effectively using the vocabulary of systems theory

Requirements

• A basic understanding of the english language is required to take this course

This course is for

• This course will be ideal of anyone with an interest in understanding systems thinking and theory

How much does the Systems Thinking: Essential Concepts course cost? Is it worth it?

The course costs $14.99. And currently there is a 57% discount on the original price of the course, which was $34.99. So you save $20 if you enroll the course now.
The average price is $12.2 of 8 Systems Thinking courses on Udemy.

Does the Systems Thinking: Essential Concepts course have a money back guarantee or refund policy?

YES, Systems Thinking: Essential Concepts has a 30-day money back guarantee. The 30-day refund policy is designed to allow students to study without risk.

Are there any SCHOLARSHIPS for this course?

Currently we could not find a scholarship for the Systems Thinking: Essential Concepts course, but there is a $20 discount from the original price ($34.99). So the current price is just $14.99.

Who is the instructor? Is Systems Innovation a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

Systems Innovation has created 23 courses that got 1,764 reviews which are generally positive. Systems Innovation has taught 6,362 students and received a 4.1 average review out of 1,764 reviews. Depending on the information available, Systems Innovation is a TRUSTED instructor.
eLearning for systems thinkers
Systems Innovation is an online platform dedicated to the area of complex systems and systems change, our mission is to take the world of complexity and make it accessible to all. Systems and complex can be intimidating subjects with many sophisticated concepts, this is why we believe it is important to always start with the most essential, simplest elements of a subject making sure that students come away with a solid understanding of the core concepts behind each area. As Einstein said “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler”Courses are curated and presented by Joss Colchester. Joss has extensive experience within the domain of complex systems both within academic research(mathematical modeling of complex system + network analysis) and has many years of practical systems engineering experience(designing and developing complex web-based information systems). He has a passion for taking abstract and complex concepts and making them concrete and accessible to as broad an audience as possible by combining clear and effective graphics with well-structured course content. Show moreShow less

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Platform: Udemy
Video: 2h 39m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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