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What are Systems?

What are Systems?

Author: Julie Tietz

At the end of this tutorial, the learner will understand the basic structure that underlies all systems, including human groups and organizations.

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Terms to Know

The action of a given component within a system.


The specific elements that make up a given system.


The process of analyzing a system as a collection of smaller sub-systems and components.


The "ingredients" put through a system to be transformed into "product" (outputs).


The influences of behavior of system components on each other.


The "product" created from the impact of a system on "ingredients" (inputs).


The set of relationships between components and their behaviors within a system.


A system which serves as a component of a larger system.


A set of components whose behaviors affect one another causing a sequence of related events leading towards an outcome (transformation of inputs into outputs).