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Viewing: EMSE 3740 : Systems Thinking and Policy Modeling I

Last approved: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:34:00 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:37:20 GMT

This course is becoming a WID
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE)
Systems Thinking and Policy Modeling I
Sys Thinking/Policy Modeling I
Spring 2016
Course Type
Default Grading Method
Letter Grade

CSCI 1111, 1121, 1131, or ECE 1120
APSC 2113 - Engineering Analysis I
APSC 3115 - Engineering Analysis III

J. Ryan
Frequency of Offering
Every Year
Term(s) Offered

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Fee Type


Introduction to systems thinking and the system dynamics approach to policy analysis, with applications to business management and public policy. Causal-loop and stock and flow models of business growth, technology adoption, and marketing. Use of role-based games to explain key principles of systems. Use of simulation software to model problems and case studies.
At the end of this course, students will be able to
• analyze and model business dynamics;
• identify sources of bias in analysis;
• communicate the results of research in written form;
• use the Vensim software to create simulations; and
• critique, test, and improve system models.

The ABET program outcomes that this course contributes to are:
(b) ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
(c) ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within
realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and
safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(f) understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) ability to communicate effectively
(j) knowledge of contemporary issues

The topics covered in this class include:
• Making an unstructured problem into a structured research challenge
• The four dimensions of structured problem analyses: socio-political, economic,
environmental, and technological
• Causality, correlation, and effects, including feedback loops
• Interventions and changing behaviors, and when not to do that
• Discovering unintended and cascading consequences or effects
• Characterizing the mathematical behavior of system dynamics
• Creating a structured system dynamics analysis of a real world problem
• Conducting and communicating a research effort

The methodology for assessing the applicable ABET outcomes are as follows:
Item B is assessed through the exams and the project
Item C is assessed through the project
Item F is assessed through compliance with academic integrity on assignments
Item G is assessed through quizzes, the project written report, and the presentation
Item J is assessed through the project
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Course Attribute
CCAS - Professional

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