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WPI System Dynamics Fundamentals Micro-Course 1


WPI System Dynamics Fundamentals Course

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)  System Dynamics Foundations series is now available on-demand online! This is a classic introductory course in System Dynamics that was taken by hundreds of WPI students from the different degree and professional programs since 2005. The original course was led by Jim Hines and Jim Lyneis are the main lecturers, with guest lecturer Oleg Pavlov.

Seventeen years after its original debut, WPI has decided to make it accessible to a larger audience and split its content into digestible self-paced modules while keeping its original video content intact. More practice exercises to help gauge your learning along the way. System Dynamics Fundamentals is the first micro-course of the three-module System Dynamics Foundations series and will be self-led and self-paced without guidance from an instructor. We hope you will enjoy it and most importantly learn!

The course is available to the public for $199. Society members receive a $25 discount.

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Join the hundreds of WPI students who have taken System Dynamics courses taught by world-renowned faculty, and enjoy the convenience of an on-demand, self-paced online format! WPI’s new Professional Development Online will allow you to take these micro-courses individually and earn a certificate of completion for each, or complete the sequence of all three (plus an additional comprehensive assignment) to earn the System Dynamics Foundations badge:

Available Now

Coming Soon

  • Micro-course 3: The Practice of Modeling Dynamic Systems
After earning the badge, you can opt to apply to WPI to become a matriculated student, earning graduate credit in the corresponding course by completing a capstone project with a mentor. By becoming a WPI student, you will have access to Vensim DSS, Stella Architect, and other useful software that WPI provides. Micro-course 1:  System Dynamics Fundamentals This classic introductory course in System Dynamics debuted in the 2004-2005 academic year. Jim Hines and Jim Lyneis are the main lecturers, with guest lecturer Oleg Pavlov. We’ve now made it accessible to a larger audience by splitting its content into digestible self-paced modules. While the original lecture videos may appear old and grainy by today’s standards, the core content is extremely relevant, and the lecture slides are an essential element in complementing the viewing experience. In addition, we have added more practice exercises to help you gauge your understanding along the way. Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding the causes of dynamic behavior at a basic level
  • Utilizing the standard approach to developing System Dynamics models
  • Learning to use the basic tools and techniques in developing these models
  • What is System Dynamics
  • Dynamic Behavior
  • System Archetypes
  • Stocks and Flows
  • Feedback Structures
  • More
Course Features:
  • 12 hours of rich instructional videos
  • 16 practice exercises, designed to help you gauge your progress
  • 5 quizzes to assess your mastery

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3 thoughts on “WPI System Dynamics Fundamentals Micro-Course 1

  1. The course structure and materials provide a very good, all-round training for beginners in the field. The questions are also designed to be sufficient for evaluating learners comprehension of the materials.
    – WPI System Dynamics Fundamentals Student

  2. System Dynamics is a field that is difficult to find instruction on, besides reading from textbooks. Textbooks provide a lot of information, but they do not explain the relative importance of the information the way an instructor can. This course was very valuable because it showed me what experts in the field believe is important to know for a strong foundation in System Dynamics.
    – WPI System Dynamics Fundamentals Student

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