DSP342 Methods of Systems Theory

Code DSP342
Name Methods of Systems Theory
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Computer Science
Faculty
Academic staff Alla Anohina-Naumeca
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation Job of a system analyst is directly related to the analysis of different business and technical systems. For this purpose a system analyst must know methods and tools for the identification and describing of characteristics and operating principles of different systems. The main attention of the course is devoted to the development of the systems thinking of the students by concerning the use of the methods of systems theory in the analysis of different kinds of systems. The study course is based on students’ intensive in-class activities working in small groups by solving practical tasks that allow acquiring and strengthening knowledge on such concepts as system goals and performance measures, static objects, functional objects (inputs-processes-outputs), relations, resources, environment, control loop, control objects, and feedback. Solutions of practical tasks are discussed in wide discussions when students defend their viewpoint by providing arguments rooted in the systems theory. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The goal of the course is to develop students’ knowledge system on concepts of systems thinking and to develop their skills to apply the studied concepts to the analysis of different systems.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students will know main concepts of system definition and systems thinking (goal, performance measure, static object, structure, whole, relations, functional objects in terms of inputs, processes, and outputs, resources, environment, and boundary) and their interrelationships - Concept map 1
Students will know main concepts related to system control (control function, planning function, control object, detector, comparison, effector, open control loop, closed control loop, positive feedback, negative feedback, feedforwarding) and their interrelationships - Concept map 2
Students will be able to identify goals and performance measures for systems of different kinds and to evaluate quality of the defined goals based on specific criteria - Practical task
Students will be able to identify static objects in systems of different kinds - Practical task
Students will be able to identify relations in systems of different kinds - Practical task
Students will be able to identify functional objects in systems of different kinds - Practical task
Students will be able to identify environment for systems of different kinds - Practical task
Students will be able to identify elements that implement control functions in systems of different kinds - Practical task
Students will be able to identify elements of control system in systems of different kinds - Practical task
Students will be able to identify control loop in systems of different kinds - Practical task
Students will be able to identify types of feedback in systems of different kinds - Practical task
Course prerequisites None

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