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DSS 310 Systems Theory (3 credits)

Change, as it occurs within a "system," is a topic that needs to be examined from a perspective that has attained theoretical respectability within the social sciences. The teaching of System Analysis and Design gives "lip-service" to system while de facto spends the entire course teaching the methodologies, tools, and techniques needed to perform analysis and then design. This course treats the concept of "system" in its fullness and then uses case studies to document both failure and success of technology-oriented companies through the treatment of the company as a system.

Prerequisite: DSS 220