Concepts of Systems Theory. Contemplative Questions. What is systems thinking? Why do ‘systems thinkers’ get promoted? How does the field of information systems benefit from concepts of systems theory? How can we use these concepts in the real world?. Systems Thinking. System
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On a sheet of paper, define each of these terms in your own words.
Which is better:
More or less modularity? High or low coupling? High or low cohesion?
Suppose you work as a systems analyst in a large organization. Your boss comes into your office and gives you a project requiring changes to another department’s system. Would you rather the existing systems have high or low coupling? high or low cohesion? more or less modularity?
Example. Identify a system used by the university. Use the characteristics of systems in general to describe your system. What insight can you gain from this exercise?
Figures 8-4 and 8-5.
What system characteristics are demonstrated in these pictures?
What do the diagrams tell you?
Which diagram is more useful?