SLE742 - Systems and Strategic Thinking


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Offered next in 2023

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

2022 recommendation: ADS701 - Introduction to International and Community Development

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning including optional scheduled activities as detailed in the unit site.


This unit provides the opportunity for students to learn about new ways of thinking and problem solving, associated concepts, methodologies and methods that are applicable in most disciplines and professions as well as in academic research. This includes systems thinking and strategic thinking. Students will learn and apply holistic (i.e. systemic) approaches to tackle, usually ill-defined, problems in complex, uncertain and risky situations. Students will also learn and apply strategic planning approaches to identify the core (or strategic) issues in any problem situation and propose feasible solutions and ways of implementing them. Strategic thinkers have the ability to ‘see’ a possible future and act accordingly.

Students will be provided the opportunity to discuss key issues related to relevant approaches in systems thinking and strategic thinking and planning and their application in practice in various fields, such as natural resources planning (including land and water resources), sustainable regional development, spatial (urban and regional) planning, environmental planning, strategic management and organisational development.

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