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Spring 2019
Apr 09, 2020
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SYSM 560 - Systems Thinking
The approach most people bring to problem solving is based on the assumption that the challenge before them can be decomposed into a subset of simpler problems, and that any challenge can be met through a process of addressing these simpler questions and then following them up a “decision tree”. In fact, most of the challenges facing us today do not lend themselves to such a straightforward decomposition. They exist in a complex, interconnected ecosystem where context is everything, and we must view the whole as more than the sum of its parts in order to effect change.

This course will introduce you to the world of systems and systems thinking. You will learn to consider and shape the posture you take towards the complex challenges you face. You will understand the importance off embracing paradox and factoring in the inherent biases we all bring to how we see a problem before us. You will also be introduced to tools and methods to help understand, reason with, and make better decisions with problems in a system context.

2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Systems Medicine Department

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