SYSE 532 - Dynamics of Complex Engineering Systems

This course deals with understanding the higher-level behavior and issues that emerge from interaction between components in complex socio-technical systems. The course emphasizes system thinking, dynamic cause and effect relationships, and the higher-level emergent behavior that results from the interaction of many smaller effects that are individually well understood, but more difficult to grasp at a higher level.

Course Objectives:
Systems dynamics deals with understanding the higher-level behavior and issues that emerge in complex socio-technical systems. Students successfully completing this course will be able to:
• Solve a spectrum of problems that arise when designing complex engineering systems by applying system dynamic principles and tools
• Develop/Improve their systems-thinking skills
• Model and extract important emergent dynamic behavior from interactions between sub-components of a complex engineering system
• Use objective and practical skills grounded in engineering to deal with the typical hurdles that mature engineering system organizations deal with


ENGR 501/ECE 501 (Foundations of Systems Engineering) or concurrent registration. Credit not allowed for both SYSE 532 and ECE 532.

Important Information

Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email to learn more. Discounts are not applicable to Denver sections.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World with CD-ROM (2000)
    John D. Sterman
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