Systems Modeling OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Undergraduate Course on Systems Modeling

Published Feb 04, 2009

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The Open University offers its 'Systems Modeling' course as free OpenCourseWare (OCW). The course is an introduction to the modeling process and the different ways systems models are used in the process of aiding decision making, formulating opportunities, identifying problems and helping to understand a situation. The original course was designed for students in engineering, financial and business disciplines.

Systems Modeling: Course Specifics

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Systems Modeling: Course Description

Models, or representations of reality on a smaller and more focused scale, are essential in understanding complex systems. This is especially true if the goal of understanding is to solve an issue in the system, such as controlling traffic congestion in a major metropolitan area. This OpenCourseWare introduces the basics of systems modeling and provides examples of real-life situations. Specific topics include quantitative systems, mental models, model definition and general model categories among other topics. Though students of many disciplines may benefit from the course, the original course was designed for engineering, financial and business students. It was delivered in a lecture format.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes, recommended text and tests. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the modeling of systems course page.

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