What my tutor said:

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What my tutor said:

Postby jim_lewis1 on Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:19 am

I have an excellent tutor for T306 so I thought I would pass on what she recommended in our tutorial on Saturday.
(from my notes so apologies for lack of sentence structure)

One of the key things to emerge for me was that having in mind a diagram that you intend to build your answer around allows the marker to see what you would have done if you had time, so get these down and then work from there. (if you run out of time yuo can jot notes about what you would have done)
It was also mentioned that you can ask for an additional book for answers, in which you could do your diagrams, which might make writing about them in your main answer book easier, (less flicking back and forth between pages), just be very clear whaere diagrams are and what they relate to.

When trying to think of a situation you have experienced and used systems methods for, as your marker has NOT seen your TMAs, there is no reason not to use one of the situations you analysed there again.

For Q3 apparently less than a third of people use a diagram, there's no reason not to and it might help you.

As mentioned elsewhere there are standard questions on:

1. Diagramming
2. Choosing methods
3. Reflection on practice.

Q1. Select situation, draw diagrams, critically evaluate diagrams

If using RP or Spray diagram use either or, (essentially same purpose)
MCD, Sys. Map, Inf. Diag, (try to have one of these, ensure conventions followed)

Critically evaluate:

Does it give insight?
What sort of insight?
Strengths/Weaknesses, (in context, for you)- not generic
Other questions raised NOT answered by diagram?

Q2. Minicase, select method, (or mix of), HSM, SSM, VSM, explain your choice, (and reason to reject others)

Pros of method selected
Cons of methods rejected, (could tabulate this)

VSM: Purposeful orgs, structured, clearly assigned purpose of sub-systems
HSM: Quantitative, not able to examine soft issues, RUGS, objectives agreed to
SSM: Human factors, (a mess), unbounded, sense making

-Activity sequence diagram, can help structure the answer, (and demonstrate where you're going)

3. Reflect on learning/practice, (use a diagram if appropriate)

Answer systemically (ALC/BECM)

Talk about personal experience

Metaphor>Rich picture, (what is an effective systems practitioner?)

MCD of what led to where you are now
(career choices, experience, learning)>Root definition

Relate to experince of T306
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Re: What my tutor said:

Postby scootrider on Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:13 pm

Thanks Jim,

Some v useful pointers.
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