Systems Thinking

Solving a complex problem requires a wide view. Instead of focusing on a single aspect of a problem, system thinking is investigating all factors that relate to the problem, the relationships between them, and possible solutions. Systems thinking can help you create a lasting solution, reveal new opportunities, minimize the impact of mistakes, and develop realistic goals.
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Quick Facts about this Microcredential

What You’ll Learn

  • How to approach problems from a systems perspective in technical environments
  • Fundamental concepts of systems thinking
  • Apply the DSRP method
  • Use mapping to visualize systems thinking
  • Develop emotional intelligence with systems thinking
  • Development of Creative Thinking and Problem Solving professional competencies

Things to Know

  • This microcredential is free to all current ACC students
  • This microcredential provides a base upon which to build digital fluency
  • This microcredential is part of the Interactive Problem Solving with Systems Thinking and Technology microcertificate

What You’ll Earn

Those completing the microcredential with an 80% or above will receive a portable digital badge that can be shared with employers or online on sites such as LinkedIn
Digital portable badge for Austin Community College District's Digital Fluency and Innovation Systems Thinking microcredential

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Microcredentials are a new way of learning at ACC


Unlike a traditional college course, the microcredentials are bite-sized, taking 5 weeks or less to complete


Enrollment is free to current ACC students (some microcredentials may require an additional purchase*)


A dedicated Digital Navigator will grade your work, provide helpful feedback, and answer questions


Learn on your own schedule with these microcredentials, and go as fast as you are able to master the content

* Check the Quick Facts section for details

This microcredential is being developed

Pilot sessions are planned to start in Summer 2024

Keep up-to-date with the latest news as this program develops