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Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: TU812
  • Level: Postgraduate

Student reviews

I experienced the module as a fascinating journey that starts off by laying the basics of systemic thinking explaining where it comes from and what it is all the way up to an outlook into what could be envisaged for the future to make the world better.

Luckily the module manages to bridge this theoretical aspect (evidenced through examples from mainly the environmental area) in an excellent way with a guided discovery of my personal systemic thinking practice, thus fosters learning based on ones own expertise.

For online tutorials the collaboration tool illuminate is used and that leaves room for improvement as I experienced it to have limited effectiveness for steep learning and/or fruitful discussion.

The online resources are helpful to organize and track studying progress, however the vast offer of additional material (through the library) require severe discipline to avoid being distracted by ones own curiosity to learn more about other perspectives.

I have tried to use the blog functionality which turned out to be a good source for reflection and insight if used iteratively requiring a lot of discipline.

All together it was for me an excellent experience on my way towards an MSc for Systemic Thinking in Practice which I would recommend to all who are interested to enhance their personal capability to operate more effectively in complex situations.

Peter Schmutzer

Course starting: November 2011

Review posted: August 2012

Fascinating, very hard work, especially at the beginning if you have no systems background - I didn't. This is systems theory, but related to the 'real' world. By far the best OU course I have done so far, but I wish I had been able to prepare a bit more, and spend more time during the course - I only scratched the surface of a lot of the material. Very good support from the forum, and staff!

Course starting: November 2010

Review posted: July 2011

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Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the November 2016 presentation of TU812. The survey was carried out in 2017.

36 students (a response rate of 26.9%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

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% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 83.3 30
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 91.7 33
The module provided good value for money 52.8 19
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 88.9 32
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 83.3 30
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 91.7 33
I would recommend this module to other students 66.7 24
The module met my expectations 72.2 26
I enjoyed studying this module 75 27
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 83.3 30
Faculty comment: "The module team is very pleased that the majority of respondents were positive (in some cases very positive) about their experiences of this module. We've considered all responses and note that many find parts of the module challenging, particularly at first, but most found it rewarding. Tutor support is clearly much appreciated, as are the opportunities for interaction with others through the forum. Responses to the module materials were generally very positive though preferences for online or print material varied. Many found the materials both satisfactory and insightful but some found one of the core books quite demanding to start with. However, most reported that they found it very worthwhile once they got going. This book has been revised to a second edition from November 2017 taking student feedback into account. Some have questioned the structure of the module in comparison with others. From November 2017, we're pleased to have a new module website that we expect to improve some of the navigation issues reported. We continue to appreciate all the constructive suggestions on how improvements could be made."
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