FMJ3751 Systems Thinking for Innovation in a Complex World 12.0 credits

Systemtänkande för innovation i en komplex värld

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course contains i) systems thinking building blocks, ii) deeper understanding in system dynamics, agent-based modelling and game theory, and iii) computer simulation or writing of a report based on research interest. The courses consists of seminars, literature reading and modelling or report writing.

Intended learning outcomes *

The purpose of the course is to study and practice systems thinking and modelling for the analysis of complex real world problems, with a focus on the analysis of interrelated system. After finishing the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the amin aims of systems thinking, modelling and simulation
  • understand and describe soft and hard systems
  • use systems thinking to conceive complex systems and find the interrelationships between the variables in a system
  • have a comprehensive knowledge fo the systems principles (feedback loops, stock, flows, dynamic equilibrium etc.)
  • have the ability to understand and deal with complex systems
  • be able to design and conduct group model-building projects
  • have a deeper knowledge in system dynamics, agent-based modelling and game theory
  • understand the mathematical formulation of models
  • understand computer modelling and simulation or analytical writing

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Eligible for third-cycle education.

Recommended prerequisites

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Will be announced on the course homepage in advance of the course start.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Maria Malmström

    Further information

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    Offered by

    ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

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    Maria Malmström (

    Ethical approach *

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering