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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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  • Components

    The specific elements that make up a given system.

  • 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).

  • Structure

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

  • Behavior

    The action of a given component within a system.

  • Inputs

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

  • Outputs

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

  • Interconnectivity

    The influences of behavior of system components on each other.

  • Decompose

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

  • Sub-System

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