Systems analysis is used for describing and analysing problems within many different disciplines. This course is intended to provide basic understanding of different systems in nature and society and how they may interact in a sustainable development. In particular, you will learn how different types of systems and processes can be analyzed and modelled with tools of systems analysis. Different methods of systems analysis will be discussed, together with principles for model building and assessment. In computer exercises, you will build, simulate and analyse different types of models.
There is also an aim for understanding relations between structure and behaviour of a system. General techniques, such as model fitting, sensitivity analysis and optimisation are treated and practiced in the computer exercises. A special focus is on human effects on environment and climate, and how these effects can be minimized for a sustainable development.
21 Jan - 31 Mar 2013, 35%, Daytime
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Systemanalys för hållbar utveckling
The course is given Sustainable Development - Master´s Programme, Soil and Water Management - Master´s Programme and EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science
2008-06-02 (From AS 2008 to SS 2014)
Advanced study in the main field:
Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified (AXX)
5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail
The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
Knowledge equivalent to English B from upper secondary school is required as from the academic year 2009/10.
Equivalent to 180 ECTS including 90 ECTS in any subject within natural, engineering or social sciences.
Equivalent to English A from upper secondary school.
The objective of this course is to provide basic understanding of different systems in nature and society and how they can interact in a sustainable development. In particular, the student will learn how different types of systems and processes can be analyzed and modelled with tools of systems analysis. A holistic approach is central in the course.
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- list and explain basic ideas, concepts and methods in systems analysis,
- summarize how a project in systems analysis is carried out,
- analyse and explain the problems involved in systems identification and system boundaries,
- describe different methods in systems analysis applicable to primarily biological, ecological, environmental and technical systems, and especially analyse interactions between such systems for a sustainable development,
- have basic insight and skill in the most usual types of modelling and simulation tools for complex systems, in particular for socio-natural systems.
Systems analysis is used for describing and analysing problems within many different disciplines, and is therefore highly interdisciplinary in its character. Depending on the perspective, reality can be considered as a set of systems, which can be described with the aid of various types of models, e.g. static/dynamic, deterministic/stochastic, local/global, or a combination of these.
Problems related to sustainable development, and of current interest, will be presented and discussed from a systems analysis perspective. Different solutions with methods from systems analysis will be discussed, together with how the system (model) is affected by various factors.
A central part of the course consists of computer exercises, where the student builds, simulates and analyses different types of models. A major effort is also devoted to the understanding of the relation between structure and behaviour of a system. General techniques, such as model fitting, sensitivity analysis and optimisation are treated and practiced in the computer exercises. A special focus is on human effects on environment and climate, and how these effects can be minimized for a sustainable development.
The course has the following main parts:
- problem analysis, based on current problems related to sustainable development,
- the systems analysis perspective, concepts and theory,
- the methodology of systems analysis,
- construction and simulation of static and dynamic models,
- applications with examples for current problems related to sustainable development,
- project work, related to the background and interest of the student,
- computer exercises: Use of computer simulation for description, analysis and understanding of complex systems, and practice of different general techniques.
Joint course literature is established separately and is listed in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information about joint course literature shall be made available not later than eight (8) weeks prior to course start.
Written examination, report of project work, and computer lab reports.
Requirements for examination:
Passed examination, and approved project assignment and lab reports.
Department of Energy and Technology
Department of Energy and Technology, SLU Lennart Hjelms väg 9, P.O. Box 7032, SE-750 07 Uppsala, SWEDEN +46 18 67 10 00, Org.nr: 202100-2817