Systems Design Course



Some technologies are simple like a cup or hammer, some are complicated like a circuit board or car, but some are truly complex such as large information systems, supply chain networks, sustainable urban environments, health care systems or advanced financial services. These complex engineered systems are defined by consisting of multiple diverse parts that are highly interconnected and autonomous. This course is a comprehensive introduction to the application of complexity theory to the design and engineering of systems within the context of the 21st century, from the bigger picture of why we should care to key architectural considerations, It brings together many new ideas in systems design to present an integrated paradigm and set of principal to the design of complex systems. A new design paradigm- In the first section of the course we will explore some of the major themes that are shaping the design and engineering of systems in the 21st century, such as the rise of sustainability, information technology, the revolution in services and economic globalization, these will all provide a backdrop and reoccurring set of themes that will be woven into our discussion. This section will also give you an overview of complexity theory and the basic concepts that we will be using throughout the course, such as the model of a system, a framework for understanding complexity and a definition for complex systems. The last section of this model will give an overview of complex systems design providing you with a clear and concise description of what a complex engineered system is and how this new paradigm in design differs from our traditional approach. Key concepts- Next we introduce you to the key concepts within this new domain, we will talk about services and product-service systems, designing synergistic relations in order to integrate diverse components and one of the key takea