Applied Systems Thinking - SEDAST

Technology School
Business, Technology
100 hours - residential

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About this course

Normally part of the Systems Engineering for Defence Capability (SEDC) MSc taught module ‘Pipeline’ to PGCert, PGDip and MSc – it can be taken independently following the Systems Approach to Engineering module.  It can also be linked with Lifecycle Processes Introduction and Capability Context modules, but on completion of this module plus either of the LPI/CC modules you would be required to register for a formal PGCert/PgDip/MSc award as they will have reached 30 credits.

What you will learn

You will:
  • differentiate systems concepts
  • assess the underlying principles of systems methods
  • consider how systems engineering information may be elicited using soft and hard systems methods
  • demonstrate the ability to think systemically and conceptually
  • apply a set of systems methods and techniques
  • construct relevant models of systems problems and analyse them appropriately to propose viable solutions
  • judge the practical application of systems methods and techniques
This module explores complex adaptive systems, such as organisations and large-scale engineered solutions, and provides concepts, methods and ways of thinking that can deal with such complexity. In particular it will present different ways of looking at the Systems Engineering requirements of Defence and will consider the characteristics of methodologies appropriate for modelling Defence problems and capability needs. 

Systems Thinking:
  • why systems thinking
  • the philosophy behind systems thinking
  • unravelling complexity
  • map of methods
  • systems challenges
Systems Methods and Techniques:
  • types of systems
  • representing systems with models
  • overview of a relevant set of systems methods & techniques
  • use of multiple methods
Application of Systems Methods:
  • practical application of methods and techniques
  • discussion on systems, methods and techniques

How will this course help my career?

Potential Intro to SEDC and SEMAP Programme or act as a stand-alone to Systems Approach to Engineering.

Part of SEDC Community.

Security and restrictions

NATO and Fvey any other nation on application.

Before you attend

Must have completed Systems Approach to Engineering (SAE) Module.

If you are seeking a Ministry of Defence (MOD) funded place, you will need to demonstrate in your application that there is a clear business need to undertake the course. 

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)

How will I learn?

Blended Learning

How will you be assessed?

An independently written 3000 word reflective essay, evaluating and applying a particular systems method or approach within the systems lifecycle.

GPres: 15 minute group presentation evaluating, analysing and reflecting upon the veracity of a collection of techniques to resolve a particular systems problem.