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Systems Thinking for a Complex World

Undergraduate | UAD-COM3508OUA | 2024

Study method
100% online
100% online
Enrol by
25 Aug 2024
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
29 Jan 2024,
2 Sept 2024

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Systems Thinking for a Complex World

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the complex and multi-dimensional nature of the issues we face, locally and globally, and the role of connectedness and diversity;

    2. Explicate the structural components of systems and how they shape system behaviour;

    3. Explain how different kinds of ‘leverage point’ affect the outcome of systemic interventions;

    4. Identify and address the standard patterns (‘archetypes’) of system dynamics that may give rise to the unintended and perverse consequences of our interventions in systems; and

    5. Engage effectively with ‘messy’, uncertain environments and the apparently intractable problems that emerge from complex, ‘living’ systems

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • UAD-INB-DEG-2024 - Bachelor of International Business
  • UAD-HSM-DEG-2024 - Bachelor of Health Service Management

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or presentations).
  • Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete their units. MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards, and assessments.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of International Business

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Bachelor of Health Service Management

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