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This page focuses on the course 15.879 Research Seminar in System Dynamics as it was taught by Professor Hazhir Rahmandad in Spring 2014.
The course covered classic works in dynamic modeling from various disciplines and current research problems and papers.
Course Goals for Students
Students critiqued theories and models, often including replication, testing, and improvement of various models.
15.872 System Dynamics II and permission of instructor
- H-Level Graduate Credit
- This course can be repeated for credit.
Every spring semester
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
Breakdown by Year
Master's and Doctoral students
Breakdown by Major
Mainly students in the MIT Sloan School of Management and in the School of Engineering, including students in System Design & Management and the Engineering Systems Division. A few students from other fields, such as Architecture, and graduate students cross-registered in other schools or in industries also participated.
Typical Student Background
Students are required to have some background in system dynamics, and usually have specific interest in applying dynamic models and systems thinking to their own work.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
Met 1 time per week for 3 hours per session; mandatory attendance
Out of Class