Environmental Systems Analysis and Scenarios

The course NB2002 Environmental Systems Analysis and Scenarios has a fixed starting moment on November 18, 2018. We advise you to register at least three weeks before the start of the course so that you receive the course material on time, have access to the learning environment and (if applicable) can be assigned to a study group. Enrollment remains possible up to one day before the start of the course.

During this course you will learn the basics of system analysis and how you can use this to analyze environmental issues and to propose solution strategies. On the basis of a number of examples you will learn step by step how you can describe reality as a system mathematically and how you can make a model of it. Then you will learn how to analyze the system with scenarios on the basis of that model, by developing your own model with a scenario.

This course consists of a course folder as a reader with source documents and selected chapters from the book Thinking in Systems (Donella Meadows). Every enrolled student gets access to Stella software (student license) after registration via the digital learning environment.

You must have a recent laptop (Windows) from the date of registration. This is the entire course needed, and preferably during the online tutorials and the meeting on the theme day.
If you need to purchase another laptop, pay attention to the following:

  • Suitable for Windows 7 or higher.
  • A powerful graphics card.
  • At least 8 GB of RAM.
  • at least 256 GB of hard disk. The required software Stella can be downloaded for registered students via the course site in the digital learning environment. You are responsible for your own laptop and for installing the necessary software.

Digital learning environment

As a student you can go to the discussion groups via the course site in the digital learning environment. Here you can exchange information with fellow students and supervisor and discuss the subject material.

Examination of the course consists of assignments to be fulfilled at home. Total study load is 140 hours (5 European Credits).

Course code: NB2002
Course instructor: Prof. Dr. Stefan C. Dekker
The course fee varies, according to your residential country, your nationality and the previous education completed, between € 324,= and € 536,= (for more information see www.ou.nl/costs).
An invoice will be included with the course materials.

Enrollment form