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Systems thinking

Systems Thinking

What is it?

Systems thinking is one of the three thinking methodologies that underpin the Australia Curriculum: Digital Technologies. This type of thinking requires students to see and make connections between solutions, systems and society. Students also need to identify and examine the interactions between different components of a system. Systems thinking also involves students understanding the 'interdependence between information systems and how a change or output from one system can affect another, and how this affects larger systems such as the economy and society'. (VCE Computing Study Design)

Australian Curriculum definition

Systems thinking

A holistic approach to the identification and solving of problems, where parts and components of a system, their interactions and interrelationships are analysed individually to see how they influence the functioning of the whole system. This approach enables students to understand systems and work with complexity, uncertainty and risk.

Source: Australian Curriculum: Technologies glossary

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Level F - 2:

Recognise and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (ACTDIK001)

Explore how people safely use common information systems to meet information, communication and recreation needs (ACTDIP005)

Level 3 - 4:

Identify and explore a range of digital systems with peripheral devices for different purposes, and transmit different types of data (ACTDIK007)

Explain how student solutions and existing information systems meet common personal, school or community needs (ACTDIP012)

Level 5 - 6:

Examine the main components of common digital systems and how they may connect together to form networks to transmit data (ACTDIK014)

Explain how student solutions and existing information systems are sustainable and meet current and future local community needs (ACTDIP021)

Level 7 - 8:

Investigate how data is transmitted and secured in wired, wireless and mobile networks, and how the specifications affect performance (ACTDIK023)

Evaluate how student solutions and existing information systems meet needs, are innovative, and take account of future risks and sustainability (ACTDIP031)

Level 9 - 10:

Investigate the role of hardware and software in managing, controlling and securing the movement of and access to data in networked digital systems (ACTDIK034)

Evaluate critically how student solutions and existing information systems and policies, take account of future risks and sustainability and provide opportunities for innovation and enterprise (ACTDIP042)