PROJMGNT 7047 - Systems Design for Projects
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 7047 Course Systems Design for Projects Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive in Trimester; up to 3 hours per week in Semester Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description The content of the course focuses on exploration of complex systems and the key aspects of these and the benefits for managing complex projects appropriately. There is recognition of reductionist thinking and its benefits and disadvantages; General Systems theory is discussed; Checkland's soft system methodology and Senge's system dynamics provide a context and specific skills. Major topics addressed include Network of essentially parallel systems; Emergence; Self-organisation; Inhabiting the complexity space between order and chaos; Power laws and Paretian behaviour; Scale free and fractal behaviour; Self-organised criticality; Tiny initiating events; Prigogine's dissipating structures theory; Kauffman's fitness landscape; the Environment driving system scope and structure; Dynamism; Attractor cages & Phase space; Path history; Systemic and cascading risk and black swan events; Sense making and common meaning; Identifying leverage points; Systems intelligence.
Course Coordinator: Nordiana Shah
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Identify what a complex system is and how they differ from simple and complicated systems; 2 Use key aspects of complex systems and the benefits of particular approaches in managing complexity; 3 Recognise whether a proposed system or project should be primarily in a controlled space or in the innovation space on the edge of chaos in order to gain the benefits; 4 Recognise the benefits of system dynamics and its use in identifying leverage points in systems; 5 Apply these advanced and uncommon skills to address societal problems; 6 Investigate international best practice.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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Recommended ResourcesCourse Notes, Readings and PowerPoint Slides
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Other resources: Project Management Institute
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
Learning Activities Summary
This is a draft schedule and is a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
Session Content Welcome and Introduction: Getting to know each other. Course expectations. 1 Why learn about systems and complexity?
The rapid, inexorable increase in system complexity; complexity science and systems practices; some example of complex projects. SE as an approach to tackle complexity.
2 The rise of systems approaches: Historical journey through the prevailing worldviews over the last 3000 years and how these reflected and informed the rise of the systems movement and systems approaches to problem solving. 3 Introduction to complex systems: Reductionism, General Systems Theory, identifying complex systems. Examples of complex systems. 4 Implications of Complex Systems: Nature of SoS; implications of SoS; requisite variety; examples of complex systems 5 Classifying system challenges 6 A framework for complex systems ideas 7 Complex systems propositions 1: Emergence, self-organisation, edge of chaos, chaordic systems, double-loop learning 8 Complex systems propositions 2: Fractals, scale-free behaviour, power laws 9 Recap on first Intensive block 10 Introduction to methodologies 11 Contemporary system engineering 12 Panarchy & cycles of change 13 Soft system methodology 14 Systemic risk
Tiny initiating events
Systemic and cascading risks
15 Norman’s Complex System Engineering Assessment 5 – Individual Presentations 16 Phase space: Phase space, path history and attractor cages 17 Evolutionary Learning Labs
Tools for complex systems
18 Complexity Leadership 19 Course Wrap-up
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# Assessment Task Task Type Length Weighting Learning Outcomes 1 Short report #1 Individual 1,500 words max 25% 1-3 2 Short report #2 Individual 1,500 words max 25% 1-3 3 Project plan Group 3 people 7,000 words min
4-5 people 10,000 words min
25% 1-6 4 Report Individual 2,000 words max 25% 5 Total 100%
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Assessment DetailShort report #1
Students are required to research and argument why we study “complexity” when, potentially, a reductionist approach offers a simpler alternative. In this assignment examples illustrating the implications / consequences when we do not recognize complexity is required. Specifics criteria will be available in MyUni.
Short report #2
Students are required to select one of the various problem examples provided in MyUni. An analysis of the complexities of the problem situation as well as the major challenges that will need to be overcome to achieve a successful outcome is required. Students should describe the methodologies, tools and techniques used in in the management of this system.
Students are required to form groups and select a complex system problem. The outcome of this assessment is a project plan describing the system or problem in detail covering political, economic, social, cultural, technological, legal and environmental aspects. Specifics criteria to the plan will be available in MyUni.
Reflect on what you have learned from this course by identifying four topic areas and discussing how your newly-acquired knowledge of these areas will help you in dealing with complex system problems.
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