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1.1 SEB323 Systems Concepts #1 17-Jul-09

1.1 SEB323 Systems Concepts #1 17-Jul-09 - Well have 3...

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We’ll have 3 lectures (3 sets of study notes) for this topic. Our main focus is to cover the fundamentals of systems theory and how it is (increasingly) being applied in many disciplines – not just for science and engineering centric ones. Increasingly, systems theory is being used to evaluate and predict the behaviour of organisations, financial markets, mass population behaviour (such as flu pandemics), and so on. 1
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The Solar System. The Earth can be considered as a complete sub-system and has interaction with other subsystems (the sun, planets and moons). 2
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A system is a collection of “things” which have some degree of interdependency and interaction with other “things” such that the combined effect of them is different than what is possible by one “thing” in isolation or the simple sum of all the “things” capabilities. Commonly terms like elements, parts, components, units, and so on are used to refer to the “things”. Systems generally are defined with some order of how the elements are arranged and of their interactions with each other. 3
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