Systems Synthesis


Units: 12


The major goal of the Systems Synthesis project course is to provide students with
the skills necessary for structuring, managing, and carrying out projects in an organization by allowing them to acquire skills through first‐hand project experiences in relatively small groups with the guidance of seasoned faculty. 
Systems Synthesis projects must also contribute significantly to solving or ameliorating important problems of the
public sector, non‐profit sector, or arts organizations. 

Learning Outcomes:

The four educational goals of Systems Synthesis are to:

  • develop skills in problem structuring and solving
  • develop students’ project management, teamwork, and communication skills
  • provide a capstone experience — integrating, synthesizing and putting into practice skills and materials from several courses
  • learn how to quickly fit into an organization; get on board in projects; and add value to organizational outputs.