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Everything you should have known about Systems before you started the course!
The universe, planet earth, life forms, us, and everything we create and use constitute systems that are capable of transforming energy, matter and information at some micro and/or macro level. As such they span the basic, simple, linear and well behaved, through to the complicated, complex, nonlinear and unpredictable. Moreover, they encompass the cosmological, geological, biological, mechanical, electrical, electronic, atomic and life systems + the more abstract economics, networking and sociology et al.
“All known and studied systems obey the basic laws of physics and to one degree or another enjoy an underlying number of principles that lend them to a reasonably common set of analytic, modelling and mathematical techniques”
Sadly, it appears to be badly taught and understood at an early stage in the education process and students often arrive at college and university with a partial or confused picture of the basic principles. This ‘Systems’ tutorial is therefore designed to correct any earlier failings and misconceptions, and to furnish students with the basic thinking and tools necessary for the wider lecture and research programs at The University of Suffolk.
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