Courses: SYSC 513: Systems Approach
Systems Science Ph.D. Program, PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
George Lendaris 206 Harder House (10th & Market) (503)725-4988 firstname.lastname@example.org
This course provides a practitioner-oriented definition of systems, including the importance of observer dependence and context, and ideas of meta-systems, subsystems (Lendaris); philosophical foundations, human dimensions, value systems and associated optimization/sub-optimization, casuistry, aspects of life-cycle project management, and economic decision making (Hall); inquiring systems (Mitroff & Turoff); key aspects of human learning organizations, systems thinking, and systems modeling (Senge); qualitative tools for the systems practitioner, including various graphical tools (Delp); and the multiple perspectives aspect of the systems approach, both "horizontal" and "vertical" (Lendaris, Hall, and Linstone).
This course fulfills a core SySc requirement.
Course Schedule and Assignments:
Readings - Books available at Bookstore:
- Hall, A.D., Metasystems Methodology, A new Synthesis and Unification, Pergamon Press, NY, 1989. (Ch. 1, 2, 4-8, 10) Course Pak at Bookstore.
- Linstone, H.A., Decision Making for Technology Executives, Artech House, Boston, 1999. (Ch. 1-5, 9, A.5)
- Rabow, et al, Learning Thru Discussion, Sage, Beverly Hills, CA, 1994. (Full book)
- Senge, P.M. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (Revised Edition), Doubleday, 2006. (Full book)
Readings - Packet at Smartcopy:
- Delp, et al, Systems Tools for Project Planning, Indiana Univ., 1977, excerpts.
Readings - .pdf files on course Website:
- Graduate status or permission of the instructor.
- Students read assigned papers and prepare "Cognitive Maps" as described in the Learning Thru Discussion text. Students participate actively in class discussions, including playing a leadership role. Sample Cognitive Map.
- Homework 1/3
- Class Participation 1/3
- Final Exam (take-home) 1/3