Out of Hours with Peter Cochrane – Systems


Everything you should have known about Systems

Before you started the course!

The universe, planet earth, life itself including us, and everything we create and use all constitute systems. The mechanical, electrical and electronic things we design and make as well as the abstract concepts of economics, networking and sociology. All of these are systems.

Systems are able to transform energy, matter and information at the micro and/or macro level. They span simple, linear and well behaved systems right through to highly complex, non-linear and unpredictable.

“All known and studied systems obey the basic laws of physics and to one degree or another enjoy an underlying number of principles that lend them to a reasonably common set of analytic, modelling and mathematical techniques”

None of this is easy! Students may arrive at University with an incomplete grasp of the basic principles and mathematical formulations that underpin their chosen course of study. Spare a thought too for the teachers who have to impart the fundamental insights.

This tutorial on Systems aims to support the wider lecture and research programs spanning technology, engineering, and management theory and practice at The University of Suffolk.

Out of hours tutorials are configured for those students, staff, industry, high school teachers and students, (and others) struggling with the subject concepts and application at a fundamental level. It will include live demonstrations, experiments, animations and videos designed to reinforce the detail.

A primary objective is to get attendees to first base so they can pick up books and papers, or comb through web pages with confidence. Hopefully, this will also be a pre-cursor to practical application.

Mathematical formulations are approached from several different angles as an aid to rapid assimilation and a deeper understanding, and to demonstrate specific advantages in different fields of application.

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