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Introduction to System Dynamics ModelingRegister Now button
for Math and Science Instructors
Course 2: More Advanced Models

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The second course in the sequence of System Dynamics (SD) modeling courses is intended for those math or science instructors who want to go the next step, building models dealing with more advanced system dynamics concepts. The participant will learn to build the models presented using lessons that they could adapt for their own students. The model-building lessons have been used in math and/or science classes, some with students as young as 15 years.

Prerequisites: Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling for Math and Science Instructors: Course 1: Basic Models. Or, participants need: 1. experience building small System Dynamics (SD) models (especially containing exponential structure), 2. the ability to include appropriate, consistent units in an SD model, 3. the ability to recognize and explain reinforcing and balancing feedback loops in an SD model.

The sequence of session topics are listed below:

Session 1:  Review of Digital Communication Tools and Review of Course 1
Session 2:  Some Scenarios from the “Shape of Change” Book
Session 3:  Building Population Models
Session 4:  Introduction Dimensionless Multiplier Components
Session 5:  Keystone Species and More About Feedback
Session 6:  Euler’s Method
Session 7:  How Differential Equations Relate to System Dynamics Models
Session 8:  Three Model-Building Lesson Structures
Session 9:  Constructing Another (3rd) Model-Building Lesson
Session 10:  Creating Assessments for Model-Building Lessons, Viewing the Design of a Year-Long Modeling Course for Students; Using Story-Telling feature of STELLA

Each session is divided into sections that involve exploring the new concepts, practicing the new concepts, an assessment, reading and discussion questions, and numerous web resources.

Dates: The second course will be offered starting June 12, 2017 and last for 10 consecutive weeks.

Diana Fisher: Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award (2011 – System Dynamics Society); Presidential Award (1995); Intel Innovation in Teaching Award (1996). Teacher of system dynamics modeling at the pre-college and university level for over 20 years.

links to course descriptions:
 Overview  |  Course 1  |  Course 2  |  Course 3




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