Introduction to systems analysis

lbir1351  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to systems analysis
3.00 credits
10.0 h + 20.0 h

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Systems analysis: definition, theory and background. Conceptual bases for modeling applied to systems analysis. Designing models for systems analysis: defining objectives, identifying hypotheses, mathematical formulation, programming, parameter estimation, and assessment of the model. Systems analysis examples will initially address different global issues, but a particular focus will be given to the problem food security as an illustratory example throughout the course.
Other, different modeling exercises/ projects will be carried out on computers based on a specific modeling tool (Simulink), in order to address different problems/ challenges in the areas of agronomical, biological and environmental engineering.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 a. Contribution of instruction with regards to the referential of leaning outcomes
B2.2, B2.3., B3.2., B3.3, B4.4.
b . Specific formulation for this activity AA program (maximum 10)
At the end of this activity, the student is able to:
' Understand key steps underlying the modeling work necessary for carrying out the systems analysis and distinguish key differences with a reductionist approach.
' Utilize a systemic approach to effectively address issues dealing with a biological, agronomical and environmental challenges/ problems.
The course consists of lectures (10 hours) that aim to familiarise the student with the key concepts underlying systems analysis. Another segment of the course (20 hours) will be entirely dedicated to practical modelling work with the aim of helping the student to develop key and basic modelling skills applied to systems analysis. This second part of the course is compulsory. Each unjustified absence from a practical session will result in a penalty.
Teaching methods
Lectures and practical sessions in computer rooms.
Evaluation methods
Written examination on theory in the form of MCQs (in-session) and computer modelling exercises in the computer room (pre-session and usually in S13). The theory exam counts for one third of the grade and the exercise exam for the remaining two thirds. If the examination is not passed (final grade), the assessment of both parts of the course must be repeated.
Online resources
Le cours ne fait appel à aucun support particulier qui serait payant et jugé obligatoire. Les ouvrages payants qui seraient éventuellement recommandés le sont à titre facultatif.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Environmental Science and Management

Minor in Development and Environment

Interdisciplinary Advanced Master in Science and Management of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Master [120] in Geography : General

Bachelor in Bioengineering