Unit 2 Aims
apply Systems Engineering Research to develop a Dynamic Simulation Model for analysis of an educational organisation; and
demonstrate understanding of a range of research-informed Educational Transformation approaches.
Week 5 Learning Outcomes
Understand System Modelling techniques;
Storytelling using system models.
Week 5 Recording
Week 5 Slides
Week 5 Learning Activities
Come to the tutorial prepared to discuss your understanding of System Models and how we can tell research informed stories using system models to explain complex dynamics within systems.
Read Representing change: a system model of organizational inertia and capabilities as dynamic accumulation processes.
(Stop at the mathematics)
Consider the following causal loop diagram paying particular note of the + and - Stocks and how these influence each other. Note the Flow descriptors on some arrows that explain what the interaction involves. Also note the Reinforcing loop that has been identified, and how different types of stock are colour coded.
Bird Feeder Model
Explore the Bird Feeder Dilemma system model and use this to tell a story about the introduction of a new technology (Bird Feeder) into an organisational system (Garden) and the unintended consequences arising from this intervention.
Making Friends Model
Explore the Making Friends system model and use this to tell a story about social interactions within an educational system.
Share your social interaction story on Teams explaining how the Friendship model was used to explore the story.
Explore the Infections system model and use this to tell a story about a pandemic.
Share your pandemic story on Teams explaining how the Infections model was used to explore the story. You could suggest some elaborations to the model to make your story richer and how you could use simulations to develop your ideas. The focus is on using the simulation models to support the assertions and depth of your storytelling.
Guns at School Model
Explore the Guns at School simulation model. We will be examining this in detail in the tutorial, but consider how this simulation can be used to tell a range of informed stories, supported by data, by examining a variety of possible scenarios.