SYSTEM DYNAMICS MODELLING AND SIMULATION FOR INTELLIGENT ORGANIZATIONS
Updated A.Y. 2022-2023
SYSTEM DYNAMICS MODELLING AND SIMULATION FOR INTELLIGENT ORGANIZATIONS (SYSDYN)
(6 CFU - 36 hours)
The course aims to provide students with the theoretical and practical notions for the interpretation and management of complex dynamic systems. At the end of the course the Participants:
• will know the spread in the world and possible areas of application of System Dynamics methodology
• will know theoretical and practical elements of System Thinking approach and System Dynamics models
• will be able to interpret thought System Thinking approach the complex phenomena observed in reality
• will be able to understand and interpret existing static and dynamic models
• will learn to build static (System Thinking Maps) and dynamic (System Dynamics Models) models on PC, using for this purpose Vensim PLE software
• will be able to reproduce through System Thinking approach the complex phenomena observed in reality
• will be able to identify the points where the system is sensitive to interventions and test alternative scenarios that emerge with alternative hypotheses (policy design)
• will acquire the ability to reason according System Thinking approach, overcoming the rigid mental patterns and limited rationality that can influence their actions
• will be able to synthesize and simplify complex concepts
• will acquire the technical language used by the System Thinking / Dynamics methodologies
• will improve the ability to make decisions in all areas
• will acquire the aptitude for problem solving
During the course participants will deepen the theme of Sustainable Development; in particular, they will be stimulated to interpret with the System Thinking / System Dynamics approach the complex phenomena observed in reality (COVID-19; WAR, PNRR, ..) and the related impacts on the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda.
The Course is divided into 5 Parts:
PART I – GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
PART II - SYSTEM THINKING
PART III - SYSTEM DYNAMICS
PART IV – APPLICATIONS OF ST/SD METHODOLOGIES - THEORY & EXAMPLES
PART V – APPLICATION OF ST/SD METHODOLOGIES - EXERCISES & DISCUSSION
Teaching methods adopted
The course includes theoretical lectures, PC simulations, short tasks (practical exercises) and a PROJECT WORK requiring a written report, the construction of a simulation model and an oral presentation (see Project Work Format).
Each lesson (2 hour) is generally divided into 3 parts:
- LECTURE (THEORY)
Modality: In presence & distance learning. Link to Microsoft Teams classroom: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a52ee570a7fed4fc48f212166d0ef4675%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=209c59b2-1217-4641-8447-c2fa88caef42&tenantId=24c5be2a-d764-40c5-9975-82d08ae47d0e
Team Code: 937cy62
Attendance is not compulsory, but strongly recommended.
Learning verification methods and criteria
Assessment consists of evaluating a project work. The project work consists of a written report (70% of the final grade) and an oral presentation (30% of the final grade).
Project work includes the exercises carried out during the course (or independently for non-attending students); the Project Work Format is available among the course materials (and it is illustrated in the introductory lesson).
Teaching Materials and Text (for attendant and not attendand studens):
Text: Senge P. (1990), The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, Doubleday.
All the Slides, Videos and Articles* available on the course Team (uploaded on Microsoft Team).
NB: see “Project Work Format” and “Syllabus” files for details (uploaded on Microsoft Team).