Ch 5: Systems Thinking

About This Chapter

With this chapter, your employees will be able to improve their understanding of what systems thinking is, how it is used, and what system context diagrams are. The lessons of this chapter provide a quick and efficient way for your employees to review this material and test their understanding of systems thinking.

Systems Thinking - Chapter Summary

For a portable and versatile review of systems thinking, employees can complete these lessons on their computer, tablet or smartphone. As they complete the lessons, they can also test their understanding of the material with the lesson quizzes. Our expert instructors have compiled these lessons and assessments to give users an effective way to improve their understanding of:

  • Examples of systems thinking
  • Applications of systems thinking
  • Ways to practice systems thinking
  • Context diagrams and mind maps

How It Helps

  • Teaches new skills: Employees who review these lessons will have a better knowledge of how to use systems thinking and different ways to practice it.
  • Builds awareness: These lessons discuss a few different ways systems thinking can be applied. Awareness of this knowledge will help employees utilize it more effectively.
  • Improves productivity: Knowledge of systems thinking should improve employees' productivity when they are on a job.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, employees will be able to:

  • Utilize and practice systems thinking
  • Understand models and archetypes of systems thinking
  • Identify applications of systems thinking
  • Make sense of system context diagrams and mind maps

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: Systems Thinking
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Systems Thinking? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Systems Thinking? - Definition & Examples

What is more effective: breaking a problem down into bite-sized pieces or taking a helicopter view? Learn about the systems thinking approach and the best situations in which to apply it.

Systems Thinking: Approaches & Archetypes

2. Systems Thinking: Approaches & Archetypes

Many situations in life can appear very different because of surrounding contexts. Nevertheless, when analyzed from a holistic perspective, a lot of similarities between them can be found. Learn to recognize and understand the most popular systems thinking archetypes!

Systems Thinking in Healthcare

3. Systems Thinking in Healthcare

How can physicians ensure that a new prescription will not harm their patient and fit in within their existing healthcare regime? Can the waiting lines in hospitals be reduced? Explore the application of systems thinking in healthcare to find out!

Systems Thinking Education & Training

4. Systems Thinking Education & Training

Check out your options for systems thinking education with this article. You can learn which program types offer campus-based or online learning and find a program to fit your scheduling needs and career goals.

System Context Diagram: Description & Examples

5. System Context Diagram: Description & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn the three key elements of a system context diagram. In addition, this lesson will describe how you can use this powerful diagramming tool to help identify the scope of a system.

What is a Mind Map? - Definition & Examples

6. What is a Mind Map? - Definition & Examples

This lesson explores one of the most versatile types of graphical organizers, the mind map. Let's take a closer look at some of the practical applications of mind maps and how they can help you understand and organize your ideas.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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