Diagram or model one system.
During this class,
we will be examining five different kinds of systems; the previous
assignment asked you to offer two examples of each different system
For this assignment,
choose ONE interesting or problematic system to analyze.
- describe the system;
- identify what is interesting
and problematic enough to justify a system analysis;
- create a conceptual
model -- a "causal loop diagram" -- which identifies the variables,
the links between the variables and the loops in the system;
- describe verbally
how this conceptual model explains the system behavior;
- create a basic simulation
model using VENSIM PLE, and demonstrate that the simulation reproduces
the system behavior;
- offer a summary:
- how does the conceptual
model assist in explaining/clarifying system behavior?-
- what assumptions
does the model require? If those assumptions are false, what
alternative explanations might explain system behavior?
- recommend solutions
based on your analyses:
- what variables in
the model might be changed to alter system behavior?
- what other changes
might result from your "solution"?
Each of the bullet
points above represents at least one SOLID, well-structured,
four to six sentence paragraph: about 1,250 words total.