Architecture of Complex Systems is a five-week online course that equips learners with methods and techniques for managing larger complex systems and scaling up small-team thinking. If you are seeking to enhance your understanding of systems engineering, architectural decision-making, and change propagation, this course is well-suited for you.
Engineers and professionals in industries such as aerospace, automotive, defense, consumer appliances, manufacturing, and related fields can benefit from this course. Additionally, systems engineering professionals, directors, and senior managers who are looking to innovate and optimize operational, manufacturing, and design systems will find value in this course.
The course curriculum includes video lectures, real-world case studies, interactive projects, and optional group work. You will have access to ungraded practice activities throughout the course to reinforce your understanding. Action Plans provide a framework for applying course concepts to your specific field. Instructor- and TA-led webinars allow you to interact with experts, ask questions, and gain insights into current systems engineering challenges and solutions.
The course begins by introducing fundamental concepts of Systems Thinking, Function & Emergence, and systems architecture basics. You will apply systems thinking to a real-life system, identifying its elements. The middle weeks focus on systems architecture decisions, modeling with design structure matrices, process flow, and change management. In the final weeks, you will delve into the role of a System Architect, analyzing a complex system and exploring change propagation properties. The final project allows you to apply the key lessons learned throughout the course.
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