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General Systems Theory PG (7192.4)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Information Systems & Accounting



    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.

    Learning Outcomes


    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.

    Contact Hours

    Up to thirty nine hours per semester.


    Completion of 9 credit points at graduate level.

    Assumed Knowledge

    Systems Analysis and Modelling G or equivalent.

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