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SOD1 System Oriented Design and Gigamapping

Full course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
System Oriented Design and Gigamapping
Course code: 
Level of study: 
Executive Master
Teaching semester: 
2021 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2021 Autumn
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Person in charge
Birger Sevaldson
Course content

The module is an introduction to systems-oriented design history and the reasons for the broad interdisciplinary and international interest in the discipline. It also provides an update on the standing of systems-oriented design in relation to other relevant fields. The module engages with the concept of design thinking.

The world is becoming increasingly complex, and all sectors are realising that simple solutions do not work, as everything is connected. We regard different problem areas as a system of systems. The module introduces systemic thinking and important concepts and tools of relevance for systemic design. Students explore key issues and receive training in Gigamapping. Systemic thinking and basic comprehension of systems-oriented design form the basis of the course. The module further focuses on understanding the problem area in the projects which the students choose to develop.

Learning outcome
  • A basic understanding of systems-oriented design and systemic thinking
  • Master Gigamapping with ZIP and IMP analysis
Working and learning activities

The module consists of lectures, brief introductions to exercises and practical work in groups of students who encounter similar problems in their own work situations. The module is comprised of two seminars:

  • Seminar I – AHO in Oslo – September 2021
  • Seminar II – digital via Zoom – October 2021



An updated reading list will be available at the time of admission.

Form of assessmentGroupingGrading scaleComment
Oral presentationIndividualPass / fail
Form of assessment:Oral presentation
Grading scale:Pass / fail