Department of Information & Communication Systems Engineering
University of the Aegean

Department of Information
& Communication Systems Engineering

Information & Communication Systems Security
Information Systems
Artificial Intelligence
Computer & Communication Systems
Geometry, Dynamical Systems & Cosmology
Systems Theory

Title: Systems Theory
Lesson Code: 321-7652
Semester: 8
Theory Hours: 3
Lab Hours:
Content outline

How science evolves: Scientific paradigms and scientific revolutions. Information systems epistemology. Taxonomy of systems. Information Systems as Human Activity Systems. Methodologies for systems. Soft Systems Methodology. General Systems Theory. Cybernetics and Control Systems. Structured and unstructured problems. The Viable System Model. Systems Dynamics. Applications for Information Systems.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn about epistemological issues and will be able to apply basic methods of systems thinking into problem understanding and problem solving.

Not required.
Basic Textbooks

1. “Systems Thinking, Systems Practice”, P. Checkland, Wiley, 1999.
2. “Introduction to Systems Theory”, Helmut Willke, Kritiki Pub. 1996.

Additional References

1. Peter Checkland, Systems thinking, systems practice, Chichester :Wiley, 1993, ISBN 0-471-98606-2.
2. Peter Checkland, Jim Scholes, Soft systems methodology in action, Chichester, West Sussex, England :, New York :Wiley, 1990, ISBN 0471927686.
3. Peter Checkland and Sue Holwell, Information, systems and information systems : making sense of the field, Chichester :Wiley, 1998, ISBN 0-471-95820-4.
4. Robert L. Flood and Ewart R. Carson, Dealing with complexity : an introduction to the theory and application of systems science, New York: Plenum Press, 1988.
5. Robert L. Flood and Michael C. Jackson, Creative problem solving : total systems intervention, Chichester, New York :Wiley, 1991.
6. George J. Klir, Facets of systems science, New York :Plenum Press, 1991.
7. Autopoiesis and cognition : the realization of the living / Humberto R. Maturana and Francisco J. Varela ; with a pref. to "Autopoiesis" by Sir Stafford Beer.
8. Eykhoff, Pieter, System identification : parameter and state estimation, London ; New York :Wiley-Interscience, 1987.

Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Projects and final written examination. 

Assessment/Grading Methods

Ατομικές και ομαδικές εργασίες, τελική γραπτή εξέταση.

Activity Semester workload
Lectures 39 hours
Personal study 83 hours
Final exams 3 hours
Course total 125 hours (5 ECTS)
Language of Instruction
Greek, English (for Erasmus students)
Μode of delivery

Face-to-face lectures. Students study and discuss case studies in class

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