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PMGT1711: Systems Thinking in Projects

Projects exist as and within complex systems of human activity. Systems thinking enables us to understand the patterns of interconnection both within projects and their dependencies to contextual forces. This Unit introduces students to a variety of systems thinking techniques which will help in responding to the interconnectedness of all things and taking action in face of uncertainty and ambiguity. Upon completion of the course, the students will learn to think and question critically, while building skills to deliver projects that align with organisational strategic objectives. This unit will help student understand how to manage change while exercising empathy and learn to listen effectively.

Code PMGT1711
Academic unit Project Management
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. differentiate between selected key ‘control’ systems thinking models
  • LO2. differentiate between selected key ‘soft’ systems thinking models
  • LO3. critique the limitations of different approaches to systems thinking
  • LO4. select from appropriate systems thinking models according to context
  • LO5. apply systemic conceptual and analytic thinking to understand situations, cultures and strategies
  • LO6. explore fallacies of judgement
  • LO7. explain the impact of mental models on personal and stakeholder perspectives
  • LO8. apply systems thinking approaches to develop and evaluate options with potential to meet needs of all parties.