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Systems Analysis and Modeling

Degree type
certificate
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
6 weeks
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Parttime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

The course will teach you to think in terms of systems, to deal with complexity, to build conceptual and simulation models to analyze your systems.

Systems analysis and systems thinking present a way to treat the complexities of modern world and understand how systems evolve and what can be expected from the future.

This course is an introduction to simulation modeling of dynamic systems that will familiarize you with basic principles of systems analysis and modeling. Applications and case studies are drawn primarily from ecology and economics. You can consider different modeling strategies and learn how to formulate, build and analyze models.

The course will teach you to think in terms of systems, to deal with complexity, to build conceptual and simulation models to analyze your systems. It is an essential introduction to such applications as Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment, it is essential for decision making, environmental management and sustainability science.

The course bridges the gap between static spatial maps and dynamic spatial processes. Several modeling software packages are introduced, including Stella, Madonna, and Simile.

Objectives
Define systems, understand how they work; Apply systems thinking as a tool for research and understanding; Know how to build conceptual and simulation models; Define systems, understand how they work; Apply systems thinking as a tool for research and understanding; Know how to build conceptual and simulation models; Use Stella (and/or Madonna, or Simile) to build simple dynamic models; Know how systems and models can help in their application areas.

Instruction modes
Lectures, supervised practicals, unsupervised practicals, group assignments, individual assignments, self-study

Curriculum
ITC's approach is application-oriented, directed at finding solutions for and strenghthening of civil society in addressing issues of local, national and global dimensions.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

More information about the University of Twente

Admission requirements

Previous education

Most distance courses, except for the introductory course, require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

Professional experience

A few years of professional experiences is recommended.

Language test

IELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 550
Cambridge Advanced English C1
Cambridge Professional English C2

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