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What you will learn

  • Build the core knowledge needed to build a systems mindset.

  • D​evelop the ability to operationalize systems thinking.

  • L​earn how to understand communities and develop place based interest.

Skills you will gain

Project ManagementClient interactionSystems Thinking
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Beginner Level
Approx. 10 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

2 hours to complete

Introduction to Systems

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 71 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Introduction to Systems Mindsets8m
Systems Thinking8m
Defining a System13m
Defining Key Terms12m
Systems Mindset – Scale & Hierarchy10m
Systems Mindset – Social & Environmental Systems9m
Systems Mindset – Landscapes6m
1 reading
Consulting Is More Than Giving Advice15m
2 practice exercises
Progress Quiz5m
End of Module Assessment15m

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Operationalize Systems Thinking

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 84 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
10 videos
Positionality and Bias7m
Getting to Team8m
Four Phases of Project Management5m
Who's on my Team?4m
Going from Ideas to Vision7m
Background Research9m
Presenting Yourself14m
Value Proposition15m
Making Meetings Count8m
1 reading
Four Phases of a Project Proposal15m
3 practice exercises
Reviewing Positionality and Bias5m
Reviewing Value Propositions5m
End of Operationalizing Systems Assessment20m

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Understanding a Community

5 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 106 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
13 videos
A Framework for Observation and Inquiry10m
Custom, Culture, and Legacy: Part 19m
Custom, Culture, and Legacy: Part 29m
Introduction to Stakeholder Engagement13m
Social and Cultural Profile3m
Creating a Project Scope9m
Project Resources5m
Team Contract and Communication Plan10m
Project Proposal8m
Developing new economic opportunities through offroad tourism9m
Custom, Culture and Legacy in Colombia5m
Final Assignment4m
2 readings
Further Reading10m
Systems Mindset Case Studies16m
3 practice exercises
Reviewing Custom, Culture, and Legacy8m
Reviewing Project Proposals5m
End of Understanding Communities Assessment10m



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