System Dynamics-based Development Planning Course

in collaboration with the University of Bergen, Norway

DECEMEBER 19, 2016 - FEBRUARY 3, 2017 | ONLINE
MAY 2 - 31, 2017 | BERGEN, NORWAY

 
 

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Introduction to System Dynamics for Development Planning


The course was very interesting. It was a good opportunity to improve our modeling skills and apply the prior knowledge of System Dynamics in practical issues which was definitely enriched along the course. Also, it was great to work together with other colleagues and learn a lot from them!

Marta, Colombia

This 40-hour online module introduces participants to the Threshold 21 (T21) Model and application of System Dynamics (SD) principles to sustainable development planning. The module covers the basic dynamics underlying various development problems, the fundamental assumptions of the T21 model, and the most important principles of model building.

Learning Outcomes
Participants learn the basic principles of modelling and simulation for analyzing complex development problems and develop basic modeling skills in the Vensim modeling software.

Target Audience
This course is designed for government officials from ministries and other government agencies responsible for sustainable development planning. It also targets international civil servants, private sector professionals, civil society representatives, and bilateral agencies working in sustainable development. Additionally, it is directed at academics and graduates students interested in using T21 for academic research.

Date
December 19, 2016 - February 3, 2017. The module is self-paced to allow busy professionals to take the course at a slower pace, but participants are expected to complete the course by February 3, 2017.

Fee
US$ 800

Study Credit
Participants receive a certificate and 5 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits.

 

Model-based Socioeconomic Planning


The teaching approach to the course was the thing that I like most. It was extremely helpful to see modeling a system step by step and seeing the previous knowledge brought to practical issues by a really competent teacher.

Paco, Italy

This 4-week module introduces participants to SD-based models designed for studying and managing complex, dynamic socioeconomic problems in developing countries. Participants use planning models as an aid to identifying the structural origin of such problems, and designing and evaluating policies for their alleviation in an integrated manner. While the focus is on problems in developing countries, some of the model-based insights also apply to problems faced by industrialized countries.

Learning Outcomes
Participants will know the basic concepts of model-based national development planning. They gain extended knowledge about the application of the SD method to the identification and solution of dynamic problems in the socioeconomic and environmental domains using modelling, simulation and analysis. Participants also gain knowledge about the intimate relationship that exists between the structure and behavior of a system. They gain knowledge about the significance of a robust strategy development, the associated policy design and the resulting decision making (i.e. management) in national contexts, in particular in multi-sector and multi-disciplinary domains.

Target Audience
This course is designed for government policy advisors/analysts and modelers, who are responsible for conducting analysis of national sustainable development policies and require a deeper understanding of the SD method. It also targets international civil servants, private sector professionals, civil society representatives, and bilateral agencies working in sustainable development. Additionally, it is directed at academics and graduates students interested in using T21 for academic research.

Required Previous Knowlege
Participants must first enroll and successfully take the exams of the Introduction to System Dynamics for Development Planning course to be eligible for admission to this course. Participants who have taken a previous intoductory SD course of at least two weeks can also register.

Date
May 2 - May 31, 2017.

Fee
US$ 3000. The fee covers on-campus accommodation, course materials, and administrative fees. There is no tuition fee. A 100% credit of the Introduction to System Dynamics for Development Planning course fee will be given to participants who enroll in this course.

Study Credit
Participants receive a certificate and 10 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits.