General Systems Theory (7161.4)
|Level:||Undergraduate Third Year Level|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline:||School of Information Systems & Accounting|
This unit is no longer offered. Information may be available for Units in the following years:
- Version 1 - Start Date: 01/07/2006 End Date: 31/12/2006
- Version 2 - Start Date: 01/01/2007 End Date: 31/12/2008
- Version 3 - Start Date: 01/01/2009 End Date: 31/12/2012
- Version 4 - Start Date: 01/01/2013 End Date: 31/12/2015
This unit explores a general framework for understanding diverse kinds of systems, including 'hard' systems such as those found in engineering applications, and 'soft' systems in which the structure of the system is less well defined and generally involves a significant level of human activity. The practical application of general systems theory is in advanced problem-solving and sense-making in systems. This will mainly be pursued in the context of action research and soft systems methodology. Issues concerned with information systems as an academic discipline will also be explored, in particular, how the discipline is grounded in research work and practice.
1. will possess the rigorous thinking framework of general systems theory and soft systems methodology.
2. will be able to apply it to various discipline areas and fields of study.
3. will also be able to discuss and evaluate the theoretical foundations of the Information Systems discipline.
Up to thirty nine hours per semester.