University of Technology Sydney

41189 Introduction to Human-centred Complex Systems

6cp; 3hpw, on campus. Forms of attendance and mode of delivery in this subject have changed to enable social distancing and reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 in our community.



This subject introduces students to relevance and criticality of information systems to the study of complex systems in general and human-centred complex systems in particular. Students develop the necessary skills to enable them to observe an information system in any context as a human-centred, socio-technical complex system with consequences for different stakeholders (beyond the users of these systems). They also learn about system behaviour emergence, adaptive systems, holism, and other systems concepts in the context of information systems. Students acquire the mindset and skills to identify and cope with system complexity, underlying assumptions and consequences of these assumptions. Through collaborative classwork, they learn different systems modelling techniques (such as participatory modelling and agent-based modelling) with a clear understanding of the limitations and strengths of these modelling techniques in IS.

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Spring session, City campus

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