THE DIAGRAM IS ALL, IN THE BASIC OF STUDY OF ANY SYSTEM
I have learn t that diagram can be used to represent information and ideas about complex situations and in particular for identifying and working with systems of interests
Pictures speak louder than words. But how can you use diagrams to help you? This module looks at how diagrams can be used to represent information and ideas about complex situations. You will learn how to read, draw and present diagrams to help illustrate how ideas or processes are connected.
After reading this unit you should be able to:
• Appreciate diagrams as a powerful aid to thinking and acting;
• Distinguish between systems diagrams and diagrams helpful in systems work;
• Demonstrate sufficient skills to ‘read’ and ‘draw’ a wide range of diagrams, following given conventions, that help improve your understanding of a situation;
• Select diagrams suited to the needs of the situation you are investigating and the purposes/preferences of you as the diagramed.
This module is a learning resource. Like all resources, there are different ways to use it depending upon what you are trying to achieve.
Whatever you are trying to achieve it is important that you not only read the text thoroughly but also undertake the Activities (there are no ‘set’ answers to these Activities as they are personal to you but I have provided my own, or other people's, responses).
After all, this is a module that helps with systems thinking and practice, and without practicing your thinking using diagrams you may not learn how powerful such tools can be.
This module also has visual materials that deal with the mechanics of using diagrams in a way that text alone cannot convey. So further practice will come from viewing the animation.
Some people seem to have a natural talent for diagramming, just as some have a natural talent for playing the piano. But many people find it rather awkward and difficult at first.
In a way, that is an encouraging sign: it shows that you are genuinely coming to grips with something unfamiliar; and, after all, there is no point in studying what you already know how to do. But it will require perseverance and you can't expect to grasp it all straight away.
In particular this module looks at how diagrams can be used to represent information and ideas about complex situations and in particular for identifying and working with systems of interest. You can often summarize how ideas or processes are connected much more neatly in a diagram than in words; you can also show someone else how something works by drawing a diagram of it.
This means that you need to be confident with using diagrams in systems work. You need to learn how to read diagrams about complex situations - extracting information from them and interpreting what they mean. You also need to learn how to draw diagrams of your own, so that you can capture your own ideas and interpretations of a complex situation on paper. And finally you need to know how to present diagrams so that others can successfully read them.
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