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Systems School

Education unit [Statutes; Sections]

Function: Developing competences

Director: A. Perdicoulis

study programmes

School

Cultivation Competence Teaching Mentoring Workshops Clubs Resources
agora

The ancient agora of Athens (foreground)
© 2018 A. Perdicoulis (field study photo)

Capacity
cultured competence Paying attention to people, Systems Planning℠ enhances visualisation and understanding, builds taste for demonstrable reasoning, educates argumentation, inspires curiosity for ‘why’ and ‘how’, and develops both intellectual and applied competences. Importantly for classic education, this personal and social development takes place in a natural, pleasant, and safe environment, occupied during leisure (σχολή, otium).
Reference: Competences technical folio
v. also: Journey ahead

Storyline: Situation  |  Breakthrough  |  Industry  |  Capacity  |  Community  |  Knowledge  |  Leadership

Finesse
Systems School The education unit of Systems Planning℠ develops cultured competence towards holistic human excellence (αρετή), including the demanding ‘objective returns’ that amount to the cumulative individual and collective knowledge (γνώση).
Reference: Operations technical folio

Vistas: Address  |  Foundation  |  Experience  |  Finesse  |  Guidance  |  Imprint  |  Founder/ Trustee

Continuous Cultivation — παιδεία

continuous cultivation
Personal and collective cultivation (e.g. through education/ παιδεία and active effort) involves a continuous interactive relationship with knowledge, understanding, and experience (e.g. conduct, feedback, norms, customs, and human cultures).
Quality Haute Culture
star
In the ‘big picture’ (όλον), holistic human excellence (αρετή) is but a component, yet very dear to people — individually and collectively — as it epitomises essence. Nonetheless, the most important is still the ‘whole’.
human archetype holistic mindset
Reference: Competences technical folio
v. also: Journey ahead

human intelligence

Cultivation pack

Teaching/ Training
study programmes reflective guidance collective teaching training sessions integration events

— coordination —

— mentoring —

— instruction —

— workshops —

— clubs —

Foundational Investment
holistic mindset top-tier cognition™ disclosed reasoning human archetype scholarly sharing

— opening up —

— mental models —

— explicit exposition —

— scale & principles —

— re: content —

Operational Investment
initial conditions stakeholder empowerment cultured competences community outreach praxis support

— qualifications —

— capable & confident —

— holistic excellence —

— seminars/ activism —

— guidance/ experience —

Link packs: Welcome  |  Activity  |  Selection  |  Innovation  |  Cultivation  |  Project  |  Network  |  SIG  |  Track  |  Distinction

Education Cognitive Base Studies  programmes  events Institutions Modules  programmes  events Candidates

human intelligence

Cognitive base (v. also: study programmes, journey ahead, school models, academic activism℠ flags)

Classic Education
Classic Education℠ — παιδεία
[Process]Develops holistic human excellence (αρετή) consisting of competences applicable to a broad spectrum of subject matter

educational dynamics Base Skills™— entry stage/ Becoming
Competitive Advantage™— operative stage/ Working
Haute Culture™— ripe stage/ Living
Note #1: Pedigree— Classic Education™ is a member of the same family as the ‘humanistic’, ‘global’, and ‘liberal (arts)’ varieties
Note #2: Delivery— The ancient phrontisteries (phrontistery) were a prime example of education going hand in hand with liberty (liberty)
Note #3: Popularity— Despite their perennial value and relevance, ‘classics’ rarely get trendy; at best they become undercurrents
Note #4: Straying— Surprisingly or not, power in the form of money (sophistery) or discipline (discipline) manages its way into education

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Integrated Knowledge
Integrated Knowledge™ — γνώση
[State]Mental or registered content about subject matter with a view to understanding, achieved through familiarisation

educational dynamics Systems Planning℠— methodology, language, deployment
Subject matter— specific to the interest of the students
Integration— subject matter in a dynamic view
Note #1: Universality— The veracity or validity of knowledge usually varies across time, human cultures, and/ or individuals
Note #2: Accessibility— The body of knowledge produced by public science typically enters a privately-run marketplace
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Reference technical folios:
Teaching (cognitive base: education, knowledge)
Charter (classic values/ holistic human excellence)
Competences (educational dynamics)

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Education · Differentiation manifesto  (v. also: map, course documentation)

Building Cultured Competence
education manifesto cultured competence Model — Inspired by Plato's Academy, Aristotle's Lyceum, and Renaissance humanism, Systems Planning℠ education is broad (e.g. methodology, culture, philosophy) as much as it is deep (e.g. science and/ or engineering specialisations) and delivered at a ‘human scale’ via worldwide networking and knowledge — i.e. ‘think globally, act locally’.
competitive advantage Experience — Guided by the insightful SF2™ vision, Systems Planning℠ has rare privileges such as working with visible and examinable reasoning, understanding, and knowledge, being able to ‘zoom in and out’ between specifics and the ‘big picture’, and coming to terms with change and uncertainty — all needed for Competitive Advantage™.
mainstream alternatives Contrast — Mainstream schools take ‘non-system’ approaches to knowledge (e.g. data-based) and competences (e.g. single-track), and offer certificates of ‘ranked’ prestige. Fellow ‘system’ schools cut to the chase through analysis, simulation, and/ or creativity, but are not as comprehensive as Systems Planning℠ (e.g. problem structure).
Haute Culture Merit — Systems Planning℠ is to be appreciated by curious and uninhibited thinkers, passionate about perfection™, wishing to develop an ‘integrated multi-dimensional maturity’, or Haute Culture™, with a stance of unassuming confidence™. Merit lies in one's attitude, ideas, competence, and conduct — i.e. their true preparation for life.
Reference: Competences technical folio

differentiation manifesto Differentiation manifestos: Education  |  Publishing  |  Governance  |  Management  |  Planning

Note (v. also: course documentation)

Academic Culture
More than an establishment, academia is a living culture — i.e. a collective intellectual construct of dynamic nature. Being organic, academic culture can at best receive top-level guidance towards being a coherent working reality.
Reference: Teaching technical folio

Publications: Publishing manifesto  |  Pledge  |  Authors & readers  |  Editions  |  Copyright & licensing  |  Management  |  Software
Conduct: Enablers  |  Praxis prompts  |  Modelling prompts  |  Experimental wisdom  |  Blog  |  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  |  Holistic alumni  |  Class ethos  |  Student tips  |  Discreetness
Global: Sources  |  Goodwill  |  Screening  |  Activism  |  Metrics  |  Participants

Activity view: Organic dynamics of academia
(v. also: educational dynamics, science)

academic dynamics

Activity: Gov  |  G·plan  |  Q  |  δ  |  Stance  |  Marks  |  CA  |  Curiosity  |  Conduct  |  Tracks  |  Study  |  Elements  |  Undertakings  |  Workflows  |  L·SIG  |  Modes  |  Affinity  |  Organics  |  W·plan  |  Antipodes  |  Exp3
Themes: ID  |  Start  |  Fields  |  Cause  |  Empower  |  OM  |  Science  |  K·H  |  Models  |  Missions·S  |  Activism  |  Subjects  |  Lectures  |  Workshops  |  Pro Utilities™  |  Clubs  |  Ensembles
Space/ Time: Formative years and institutional anchorage  |  Academic visits and fellowships  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Genesis timeline
Sections: PoV  |  Activities  |  Context  |  R&D  |  Cues  |  P3™/ CR™  |  Unity  |  Expertise  |  T·SIG  |  Value  |  Missions·A

Study programmes (v. also: cognitive base, courses)

study programmes
Systems Planning℠ offers a prime accompanied developmental experience of a holistic nature (v. education) in the form of its flagship SPDP™. Administrative procedures and artefacts are simplified and unobtrusive (v. metrics).
Quality Haute Culture
SPDP
The SPDP™ brings together activities and resources along time, empowering the Youthful Minds™ to build their own operative-stage aptitude gradually and with appropriate accompaniment.
cultured competence continuous cultivation
live videoconference
Live Online
Content delivery is via documents (v. reading lists), webcasts (v. streaming), and/ or live or online interaction (e.g. mentoring, workshops, lectures). Future plans contemplate ‘massive open online courses’ (v. MOOC).
study resources technical ensembles
Reference: Competences technical folio
Course Documentation
differentiation manifesto Education Manifesto Academic Culture Holistic Alumni Class Ethos Student Tips
MOOC Candidates
Coursera kadenze Khan Academy

Coursera

kadenze

Khan Academy

human intelligence

Courses (v. also: course documentation, school models)

SPDP
Systems Planning Development Programme (SPDP℠)
OverviewThe SPDP℠ brings the art of efficiency to organisations by building Competitive Advantage™ with relevance to their subject matter through a coordinated set of complementary activities

events EditionsTBA/ on demand — v. Editions register
Anchor/ contactA. Perdicoulis
BrochureSPDP℠
ResourcesStreaming; Reading lists; Teaching
Fun factor #1: Lively participants— The SPDP℠ is for actual or aspiring CEOs and boards of directors, individually or in groups, expected to be inquisitive and motivated with a sense for the common good
Fun factor #2: Enticing delivery— The SPDP℠ brings about exceptional team and personal development in (i) thought-provoking pilot editions and (ii) original standard and advanced editions

programmes Systems Planning
joint courses
Joint Courses
OverviewSystems Planning℠ forms educational partnerships with selected representatives of mainstream alternatives, seeking complementarity and synergy for the mutual benefit of the approaches as well as the participants

programmes Systems Planning

Activity view: Educational dynamics — development programme
(v. also: educational modules, academia, journey ahead, phases)

development programme

Activity: Gov  |  G·plan  |  Q  |  δ  |  Stance  |  Marks  |  CA  |  Curiosity  |  Conduct  |  Tracks  |  Study  |  Elements  |  Undertakings  |  Workflows  |  L·SIG  |  Modes  |  Affinity  |  Organics  |  W·plan  |  Antipodes  |  Exp3
Themes: ID  |  Start  |  Fields  |  Cause  |  Empower  |  OM  |  Science  |  K·H  |  Models  |  Missions·S  |  Activism  |  Subjects  |  Lectures  |  Workshops  |  Pro Utilities™  |  Clubs  |  Ensembles
Space/ Time: Formative years and institutional anchorage  |  Academic visits and fellowships  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Genesis timeline
Sections: PoV  |  Activities  |  Context  |  R&D  |  Cues  |  P3™/ CR™  |  Unity  |  Expertise  |  T·SIG  |  Value  |  Missions·A

Events — Course Editions
events Available
Course Editions
Ongoing
Course Editions
Past
Course Editions

Events: Course Editions  |  Academic Activism℠  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Specialist Workshops℠  |  Scholarly Clubs℠

Course Editions — Available

Course Editions — Ongoing

Course Editions — Past

Institutions

academia
Systems Planning℠ educational activities such as collective teaching, outreach seminars℠, specialist workshops℠, and scholarly club℠ events are already available at selected host institutions, whether physically or online.
study programmes collective teaching
aula
A classic education ideally takes place at a classic location (e.g. Plato's Academy, Epicurus' Garden, Aristotle's Lyceum, or a city agora), so original options for a ‘new classic’ are currently being examined.
Classic Education Integrated Knowledge
school
The proper idea of the school as a physical place is brought back to its classic origins as a place of leisure (σχολή, otium) for personal development. By extension, procedures (e.g. admissions) and artefacts (e.g. records) are also simplified.
stakeholder empowerment natural affinity
Reference: Network technical folio
v. also: Academic Life book

think

School models — ancient and medieval dichotomies (v. also: cognitive base)

sophistery
Power: Sophistery · σοφιστήριο
Aim— business turnover (e.g. students, money, degrees)
Investment— image, advertising, recruitment
Work— superficial (e.g. quick tips, templates, formulas)
Attraction— certification, prestige
attention
Power
phrontistery
Classic: Phrontistery · φροντιστήριο
Aim— development (e.g. people, organisations, common good)
Investment— study, research, social networking
Work— profound (e.g. comprehension, explanation, reflection)
Attraction— education, culture, competence
Classic Education

discipline
Power: Discipline
Aims— obedience, submission, regulation, control
Investment— hierarchy, doctrine, instruction
Work— exercise, assessment, punishment
Attention— austerity, control, moulding
attention
Power
liberty
Classic: Liberty
Aims— organic development, harmony, discovery
Investment— freedom, observation, interaction
Work— exploration, examination, discussion
Attraction— creativity, skill, grace
Classic Education
v. also: oestros №22 (re: power structures)
blog entry re: hierarchy and democracy

NB: ‘All-classic‘ and ‘all-power’ combinations are for the most part achievable; mixed-type combinations are generally incongruous

Educational modules (v. also professional activities, transient SIG, educational dynamics)

Insight Lectures Outreach Seminars
Teaching: Scholarly exposition (T)
LecturesSeries of educational talks — e.g. praxis, theory   programmes
SeminarsExplanatory/ presentational talks — e.g. academia, praxis   events

collective teaching

community outreach

Specialist Workshops Scholarly Clubs
Training: Simulated environments (T)
WorkshopsTraining sessions — e.g. entry-level, masterclass   events
ClubsCulture/ integration events — e.g. art, philosophy, discourse   events

training sessions

integration events

Academic Mentoring Academic Activism
Contemplation: Guidance in a reflective mode (T, M)
MentoringAcademic guidance — e.g. assignments, research   programmes
ActivismCommunity awareness — e.g. situations, resolutions   events   flag

reflective guidance

community outreach

Cognitive Coaching Boutique Consulting
Praxis Support: Guidance in a facilitative/ counselling mode (C)
CoachingEmpowering facilitation — e.g. discovery, understanding   programmes
ConsultingEmpowering counselling — e.g. culture, perspectives   programmes

praxis support

field-related praxis

Candidates

Youthful Minds
Initial conditions
Curiosityto understand ‘how things work’
Freedom(e.g. capacity, determination, authority) to ‘make things right’
initial conditions
Suitability Screening
Formal screening
ProfessionalsUnderstanding, order, autonomy
DocumentsArgument, method, language, references

governance professionals

dynamic documents

Note (v. also: course documentation)

Holistic Alumni
The classical-era Athenian scholar and its revival as the ‘renaissance man’ have guided academia over the centuries, and still provide inspiration for students.

Academic qualification — In contemporary ‘specialising’ educational systems, graduates are identified by their subject matter and implied competences — e.g. engineer (e.g. civil, mechanical) or scientist (e.g. mathematician, geneticist, physicist).

Professional qualification — Upon entering professional practice, some graduates disregard their academic specialisation (e.g. finance, law) in favour of their professional qualification (e.g. CPA, judge) — especially those required to pass professional body admission exams.

Holistic essence — ‘Holistic’ alumni embrace all academic and professional specialisations, whether for collaboration or personal interests, and thus cross or bridge categories. This may confuse or even offend those who prefer rigid classifications.

Synergy — From the community point of view, holism transcends personal development and requires cooperative interactions — i.e. working together with other scholars towards the common good.
Reference: Teaching technical folio

Publications: Publishing manifesto  |  Pledge  |  Authors & readers  |  Editions  |  Copyright & licensing  |  Management  |  Software
Conduct: Enablers  |  Praxis prompts  |  Modelling prompts  |  Experimental wisdom  |  Blog  |  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  |  Holistic alumni  |  Class ethos  |  Student tips  |  Discreetness
Global: Sources  |  Goodwill  |  Screening  |  Activism  |  Metrics  |  Participants

Competence/ Aptitude — αρετή

cultured competences Quality
Building competences is a continuous investment towards holistic human excellence (αρετή) with initial conditions and persistent effort through study, instruction, training, teamwork, accompaniment, and integration.
initial conditions continuous cultivation
star
Competences can be taught and developed, but eventually should become a natural and integral part — i.e. an aptitude — of all stakeholders, both as individuals and collectively as organisations.
study programmes stakeholder sets
human intelligence
At a time marked by artificial intelligence (AI) or business intelligence (BI), Systems Planning℠ is decidedly locked on human intelligence (Hi!) — e.g. top-tier cognition™, big understanding™, stakeholder empowerment™.
top-tier cognition distinctive marks
Reference: Competences technical folio
Human Intelligence — human intelligence
Top-tier Cognition™ Intellectual achievement Systems learning Human conduct
Distinctive marks/ λόγος Competitive Advantage™ Haute Culture™ Base Skills™
Professional activities Stakeholder Empowerment™ Checkpoint Journey ahead
Holistic mindset Human archetype Global goodwill Mental modelling
Continuous cultivation Education manifesto Cognitive base Courses
Aptitude Stages
Becoming Working Living

Becoming
— entry stage —

Working
— operative stage —

Living
— ripe stage —

Ripe Stage · Haute Culture™

Haute Culture
At the apogée of holistic development, Systems Planning℠ creates, promotes, enjoys, and radiates an integrated multi-dimensional maturity designated as Haute Culture™, which epitomises the art of efficiency.
holistic mindset simplicity, elegance, goodness
Living
Haute Culture™ is indeed meant to be learned and practised by individuals and organisations, but the abstract nature of the competence as well as its facets easily rank at the stage of ‘civilisation’ or ‘the good living’ (ευ ζείν).
pro bono publico human archetype
Reference: Competences technical folio

human intelligence

Facets

Integration
Integration — Holistic mindset and approach to subject matter
Human principles and scale
Assimilated Base Skills™
Coherent multi-subject knowledge
Deep and broad understanding
Rounded hands-on experience
Systems Planning
Multi-dimensionality
Multi-dimensionality — Broad-spectrum capacity
Dynamic situations
Concurrent stakeholders
‘Structure-form-function’ views
‘System-process-plan’ perspectives
‘Science-engineering-humanities’ conventions
Maturity
Maturity — Intellectual sophistication
Clear, critical reasoning
Succinct, ad rem speaking
Concise, word-perfect writing
Emotional intelligence/ decorum
Constructive collaboration
Reference: Competences technical folio
Haute Culture  Syndicate
The art of efficiency™ Brand Uniqueness Track Record Community Outreach
Collective Teaching Academic Mentoring℠ Praxis Support Reading Lists

Syndicates: Quality Assurance  |  Haute Culture™

Operative Stage · Competitive Advantage™

Competitive Advantage
At a practical and focussed stage, often associated with a specific subject matter, Systems Planning℠ helps stakeholders build a dynamic, ever-evolving autonomy designated as Competitive Advantage™ — v. SPDP℠.
subject matter stakeholder empowerment
Working
Competitive Advantage™ is a quality standard at the operative stage, directly related with the duty — often seen inversely as ‘power’ — to explore, analyse, and understand situations and create, decide, and put actions into effect.
making a difference top-tier cognition™
Reference: Competences technical folio

human intelligence

Activity view: Competitive Advantage™ — dynamic, ever-evolving autonomy
(v. also: simulated illustration, aptitude stages, unassuming confidence™, alternative workflows, quality standards)

capability

Activity: Gov  |  G·plan  |  Q  |  δ  |  Stance  |  Marks  |  CA  |  Curiosity  |  Conduct  |  Tracks  |  Study  |  Elements  |  Undertakings  |  Workflows  |  L·SIG  |  Modes  |  Affinity  |  Organics  |  W·plan  |  Antipodes  |  Exp3
Themes: ID  |  Start  |  Fields  |  Cause  |  Empower  |  OM  |  Science  |  K·H  |  Models  |  Missions·S  |  Activism  |  Subjects  |  Lectures  |  Workshops  |  Pro Utilities™  |  Clubs  |  Ensembles
Space/ Time: Formative years and institutional anchorage  |  Academic visits and fellowships  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Genesis timeline
Sections: PoV  |  Activities  |  Context  |  R&D  |  Cues  |  P3™/ CR™  |  Unity  |  Expertise  |  T·SIG  |  Value  |  Missions·A

quotes

Competitive Advantage
Quality Standard

Professional Perfection
Professional Perfection™ — Effort/ Investment
Understandingsignificance, explanation, or cause
Intelligenceto acquire and apply knowledge and skills
Refinement— clarification through transformations
Quality
Personal/ Team Fulfilment
Personal/ Team Fulfilment™ — Capability/ Gratification
Mastery— comprehensive knowledge and/ or skills
Confidence— self-assurance (re: own abilities, qualities)
Satisfactionfrom achievement (e.g. wishes, expectations)
Recognitionfor achievements, services, or abilities
Organisational Advancement
Organisational Advancement™ — Experience & Kudos
Streamlined structure— simplified, yet robust and effective
Fluid function— smoothly elegant/ graceful
Tuned form— adjusted to a particular purpose or situation
Reference: Competences technical folio

Quality Standards: Reliability Standing™  |  Operating Principles™  |  Competitive Advantage™  |  R&D Style™  |  Editorial Style™  |  Teaching Style™

Entry Stage · Base Skills™

Base Skills
Advanced competences (operative stage and apogée) build on the groundwork of Base Skills™. Although relatively simpler or easier, groundwork requires the same diligence as — if not more than — the more advanced stages.
collective teaching reflective guidance
Becoming
Base Skills™ shape the essence of a person — i.e. becoming — at a foundation or ‘entry’ stage. It takes a number of years and continuous re-visits to reach an appreciable quality level — an asymptote to perfection.
human archetype continuous cultivation
Reference: Competences technical folio

human intelligence

Skill Set

primer
Primer — Preparation
Be inquisitive and critical— ask ‘why?’ and ‘how?’
Be organised— master structure and method
Be meticulous— explain ‘with all the steps’
Be able to workconceptually and practically
Systems Planning
action
Action — Doing something to achieve a desired outcome
Be able to definea problem precisely
Be able to ‘see’patterns and relationships
Be demanding to understand‘how things work’
Be able to seeksolutions creatively — beyond the obvious
acumen
Acumen — The ability to make good judgements and quick decisions
Be able to tellwhat is pertinent (or not) in each case
Be comfortable with assessment— know your references
Be clearabout the decision-making model to use
Be boldenough to ‘stick to’ a decision
communication
Communication — Intelligible exchange of ideas
Be awareof all the interested parties
Be receptive— ‘listen’ to everyone with attention
Be openabout reasoning — draw all mental models
Be comfortable with all media— both classic and modern
Reference: Competences technical folio

Collective Teaching — παιδεία, αρετή

collective teaching
Formal instruction has seen a variety of styles and configurations over the centuries, with technology being a crucial part of communication. The idea of group work persists mainly for reasons of socialisation and economy of scale (cf. mentoring).
extension Haute Culture
Insight Lectures
Insight Lectures℠ are educational talks (e.g. exposition, interaction) with perspectives of praxis (e.g. applications, experience) and abstraction (e.g. methodology, philosophy), where students are expected to relate their personal and/ or professional interests.
study programmes continuous cultivation
star
The Teaching Style™ of Systems Planning℠ is a quality standard and favours student empowerment, involving role-playing, live editorial work, and/ or project-based learning (PBL).
Teaching Style stakeholder empowerment
Reference: Teaching and Operations technical folio
Lectures Subjects Curricular Units  programmes Teaching Style™ Syllabi Reading

VAULT

Theme view: Academic subjects
(v. also: professional fields, lectures, science, workshops, clubs, pro utilities™)

subjects

Activity: Gov  |  G·plan  |  Q  |  δ  |  Stance  |  Marks  |  CA  |  Curiosity  |  Conduct  |  Tracks  |  Study  |  Elements  |  Undertakings  |  Workflows  |  L·SIG  |  Modes  |  Affinity  |  Organics  |  W·plan  |  Antipodes  |  Exp3
Themes: ID  |  Start  |  Fields  |  Cause  |  Empower  |  OM  |  Science  |  K·H  |  Models  |  Missions·S  |  Activism  |  Subjects  |  Lectures  |  Workshops  |  Pro Utilities™  |  Clubs  |  Ensembles
Space/ Time: Formative years and institutional anchorage  |  Academic visits and fellowships  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Genesis timeline
Sections: PoV  |  Activities  |  Context  |  R&D  |  Cues  |  P3™/ CR™  |  Unity  |  Expertise  |  T·SIG  |  Value  |  Missions·A

Teaching Style
Quality Standard

Active Learning
ActiveLearning™
EnvironmentClass sessions
IntentActive student participation/ stakeholders
RolesResearchers, project managers, entrepreneurs
Quality
Live Revision
LiveRevision™
EnvironmentClass sessions
IntentInteractive editorial assistance
ScopeReport styling, text revision, technical illustrations
Case Project
CaseProject™
EnvironmentClass sessions
IntentStudent interest and engagement
ProjectsFocus case-studies (virtual or real)
Reference: Teaching technical folio

Quality Standards: Reliability Standing™  |  Operating Principles™  |  Competitive Advantage™  |  R&D Style™  |  Editorial Style™  |  Teaching Style™

Note (v. also: course documentation)

Class Ethos
Modern academia faces its share of challenges in or around the teaching space, which are to be considered and resolved individually or collectively — for instance:
Reference: Teaching technical folio

Publications: Publishing manifesto  |  Pledge  |  Authors & readers  |  Editions  |  Copyright & licensing  |  Management  |  Software
Conduct: Enablers  |  Praxis prompts  |  Modelling prompts  |  Experimental wisdom  |  Blog  |  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  |  Holistic alumni  |  Class ethos  |  Student tips  |  Discreetness
Global: Sources  |  Goodwill  |  Screening  |  Activism  |  Metrics  |  Participants

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Autumn 2022

On Demand

Academic Mentoring℠ — παιδεία, αρετή

reflective guidance
Academic guidance in a reflective mode empowers the students in a profound and engaging way, and may be standalone tutoring or assistance to teamwork (e.g. collective teaching, workshops, applied R&D projects).
stakeholder empowerment Haute Culture
Academic Mentoring
Academic mentoring™ is personal (or small group) accompaniment and ranges from class assignments to dissertation/ thesis supervision. This section provides starting points in complementary perspectives (e.g. research, preparation, writing).
distinctive marks training sessions
star
Mentoring pre-supposes affinity between the people involved — typically the mentor and the mentee — which facilitates cooperative development™. The duration of mentoring may be as short as a project, or as long as a life time.
natural affinity cooperative development
Reference: Operations technical folio
Mentoring Preparation Research  programmes Writing Live Funding Routines

Note (v. also: course documentation)

Student Tips
Brief selection of short and memorable bits of advice to students, to operationalise the overarching academic spirit — i.e. being original, inquisitive, and critical.
Reference: Study technical folio

Publications: Publishing manifesto  |  Pledge  |  Authors & readers  |  Editions  |  Copyright & licensing  |  Management  |  Software
Conduct: Enablers  |  Praxis prompts  |  Modelling prompts  |  Experimental wisdom  |  Blog  |  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  |  Holistic alumni  |  Class ethos  |  Student tips  |  Discreetness
Global: Sources  |  Goodwill  |  Screening  |  Activism  |  Metrics  |  Participants

Preparation  (v. also: pure science, sound exchange™/ reliability)

Research  (v. also: R&D Style™, Thorough™ R&D, domain of expertise, Niche technical folio)

Writing  (v. also: sound exchange™/ reliability)

Live Resources  (v. also: sound exchange™/ reliability)

Deployment Suite — Documents (R&D)

Application Genres — Writing
ebooks LaTeX and TikZ Markdown

— e·books —

— digital typesetting —

— text markup —

Application Genres — Typography
ebooks LaTeX and TikZ HTML and CSS Markdown

— e·books —

— digital typesetting —

— web development —

— text markup —

Application Genres — Drawing
LaTeX and TikZ digital artwork Graphviz visual diagramming executive management

— digital typesetting —

— digital artwork —

— graph layout —

— visual diagramming —

— executive management —

Deployment suites: Diagrams (studio)  |  Diagrams (workshops)  |  Documents (R&D)  |  Documents (general)  |  Web media  |  Software

Deployment Routines — Documents (R&D)

e·Books (R&D, typeset)
DevonAgent Pro Yep LiquidText Pro MultiMarkdown Composer dictionary Scrivener
Books

research

draft

typesetting

proofreading

Articles (R&D, typeset)
DevonAgent Pro Yep LiquidText Pro MultiMarkdown Composer dictionary TexShop
PDF Expert

research

draft

typesetting

proofreading

Artwork (illustration, typeset)
DevonAgent Pro Leap Concepts TexShop
PDF Expert Pixelmator Pro

research

draft

typesetting

proofreading

export

Deployment routines: Diagrams (studio)  |  Diagrams (workshops)  |  Documents (R&D)  |  Documents (general)  |  Web media  |  Software

Specialist Workshops℠ — παιδεία, αρετή

training sessions
Training sessions (i.e. workshops) are relatively short and focussed in comparison to courses or lectures, and have immediate practical outcomes (‘training+’). Still, they are also capable of making cumulative contributions to Haute Culture™.
initial conditions continuous cultivation
Specialist Workshops
Entry-level workshops focus on individual X-ray Packs™, while Masterclasses™ combine X-ray Packs™ to address advanced challenges. All sessions make use of Pro Utility™ maps and/ or procedures.
Competitive Advantage disclosed reasoning
star
Workshop retreats (e.g. one or more days in the countryside) reduce distractions and thus encourage focus and engagement — particularly important for more difficult or important work (e.g. coaching, study).
praxis support study programmes
Reference: Packs technical folio
Workshops Prospectuses Events  events Testimonials Preparation Routines

Workshop Arrangements (v. also: technical ensembles™)

masterclasses
Masterclass™ series
Ensemble:Advanced-level training+ (derivative)
Content:Combinations of X-ray Packs℠
Reference:SPM™/ SPML™
Units:6
Systems School
X-ray packs
X-ray Pack™ series
Ensemble:Entry-level training+ (derivative)
Content:Combinations of methods and techniques
Reference:SPM™/ SPML™
Units:10
Systems School
pro utilities
Pro Utility™ series
Ensemble:Custom artefacts (derivative)
Content:Maps and procedures
Reference:SPM™/ SPML™
Units:10+6
Systems School
Reference: Packs technical folio

Workshop Preparation

Technical Advance · Work Refinement
SF2 SPM SPML

SF2™
— vision —

SPM™
— methodology —

SPML™
— language —

Deployment Suite — Diagrams (workshops)

Application Genres
visual diagramming executive management Graphviz

— visual diagramming —

— executive management —

— graph layout —

Deployment suites: Diagrams (studio)  |  Diagrams (workshops)  |  Documents (R&D)  |  Documents (general)  |  Web media  |  Software

Deployment Routines — Diagrams (workshops)

H/W-based Diagrams
hardware digital artwork
Affinity Photo

physical artefact

photograph

editing

Original Diagrams
Concepts OmniGraffle
PDF Expert

draft model

exploration

proofreading

Document-based Diagrams
LiquidText Pro Concepts OmniGraffle
PDF Expert

original text

extracted model

exploration

proofreading

Deployment routines: Diagrams (studio)  |  Diagrams (workshops)  |  Documents (R&D)  |  Documents (general)  |  Web media  |  Software

Workshop Series

X-ray Pack™ Series
Reverse Blueprints Hierarchical Structures Decision Logic

Reverse Blueprints™
— system structure/ function —

Hierarchical Structures™
— entity arrangements —

Decision Logic™
— reasoning protocols —

Process Profile Plan Workings Efficiency Assessment

Process Profile™
— operation protocols —

Plan Workings™
— the content of action proposals —

Efficiency Assessment™
— objective referencing —

Strategy Board Risk/ Impact Tracing Graphical Narrative

Strategy Board™
— positioning on an situation —

Risk/ Impact Tracing™
— how risks/ impacts arise —

Graphical Narrative™
— story/ account diagramming —

Creative Hypothesis

Creative Hypothesis™
— formulation of hypotheses —

Reference: Packs technical folio
Masterclass™ Series
Insight/ Innovation Growth/ Maturity Efficiency at Work

Insight/ Innovation™
— mastering situations —

Growth/ Maturity™
— mastering systems —

Efficiency at Work™
— mastering processes —

Indicators/ Indices Risk/ Impact Mitigation Decision Making

Indicators/ Indices™
— mastering systems —

Risk/ Impact Mitigation™
— mastering systems/ action —

Decision Making™
— mastering situations/ action —

Reference: Packs technical folio
Pro Utility™ Series — Maps
System Maps Hierarchy Maps Decision Maps Process Maps Strategy Maps

System Maps™
— RBP —

Hierarchy Maps™
— HBS —

Decision Maps™
— DCD with DMA —

Process Maps™
— CPD, EPD, PPD, TCD —

Strategy Maps™
— DCD —

Efficiency Maps Situation Maps Risk/ Impact Maps Storytelling Maps Sapience Maps

Efficiency Maps™
— DCD with EFI —

Situation Maps™
— RBP with XPD —

Risk/ Impact Maps™
— RBP/ DCD —

Storytelling Maps™
— RBP, CPD, DCD —

Sapience Maps™
— RBP with XPD —

Pro Utility™ Series — Procedures
Overt Storytelling Viewport Design Process Layout

Overt Storytelling™
— expository modelling —

Viewport Design™
— system management —

Process Layout™
— action–state sequencing —

Graphic SWOT Plan Simulation EIA Light

Graphic SWOT™
— standing/ roadmapping —

Plan Simulation™
— scenario forecasting —

EIA Light™
— risk/ impact dynamics —

Reference: Packs technical folio

Theme view: Pro Utilities™
(v. also: professional fields, lectures, academic subjects, science, workshops, clubs, technical ensembles™)

pro utilities

Activity: Gov  |  G·plan  |  Q  |  δ  |  Stance  |  Marks  |  CA  |  Curiosity  |  Conduct  |  Tracks  |  Study  |  Elements  |  Undertakings  |  Workflows  |  L·SIG  |  Modes  |  Affinity  |  Organics  |  W·plan  |  Antipodes  |  Exp3
Themes: ID  |  Start  |  Fields  |  Cause  |  Empower  |  OM  |  Science  |  K·H  |  Models  |  Missions·S  |  Activism  |  Subjects  |  Lectures  |  Workshops  |  Pro Utilities™  |  Clubs  |  Ensembles
Space/ Time: Formative years and institutional anchorage  |  Academic visits and fellowships  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Genesis timeline
Sections: PoV  |  Activities  |  Context  |  R&D  |  Cues  |  P3™/ CR™  |  Unity  |  Expertise  |  T·SIG  |  Value  |  Missions·A

Cooperations  cooperation

CITTA
Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment (CITTA)
InstitutionFaculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP)
AddressRua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200–465 Porto, Portugal
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis (since 2010)
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes University (OBU)
DivisionOxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD)
AddressHeadington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP, UK
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis (since 2007)
UTAD
University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
DivisionDepartment of Engineering, School of Science and Technology (ECT)
AddressQuinta dos Prados, 5000–801 Vila Real, Portugal
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis (since 1997)
Events — Specialist Workshops℠
events Forthcoming
Workshops
Past
Workshops
Workshop
Preparation
Deployment
Suite

Events: Course Editions  |  Academic Activism℠  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Specialist Workshops℠  |  Scholarly Clubs℠

Forthcoming Workshops

Past Workshops

Testimonials
quotes

“Incrível! A utilidade que esta formação nos ofereceu, com trabalho nosso, podemos simplificar todos os processos chaves da USC. Muito agradado com a capacidade do Professor explicar e tornar isto ‘fácil’.”

Process Profile
quotes

“Formação bastante interessante, que vai permitir à USC dar um passo em frente no que toca ao mapeamento dos nossos processos, que era uma das coisas em falta na minha opinião.”

Process Profile
quotes

“Recomendaria a formação aos membros, que estariam ligados directamente ao mapeamento e aos directores de departamentos. Dessa maneira eles próprios confirmariam se o processo está a ser bem executado e quem sabe, repensar a forma com são executados, caso seja possível. Assim a optimizar cada vez mais os processos.”

Process Profile

Testimonials: The ‘Systems Thinking’ book  |  The ‘Building Competences’ book  |  The ‘Furthering EIA’ book  |  Workshops  |  Feedback
Simulated illustration: ‘The sound of success’/ Competitive Advantage™

X-ray Packs™

Reverse Blueprints™

Reverse Blueprints
Workshop
Viewport Design   System Maps Description:Gives a visual form to mental models of ‘how things are’ or ‘how things work’, and thus helps gain understanding about assumptions and knowledge (or lack thereof) regarding the dynamic structure and function of the object of interest — e.g. an un-documented system.
Prospectus:Reverse Blueprints™
Technical folio:Packs
Pro Utilities™
alternatives system System Maps™— dynamic structure and function of systems (RBP)
Viewport Design™— creating dynamic constructs (e.g. cockpits, dashboards) for system conduct
Concise reading list
Cockpit Wiringproject reportViewport Design™
Rebirth of the newspaperSystems Planner, №33
The city as a systemSystems Planner, №16
Recreating established systemsSystems Planner, №10
The ‘Application manual’Systems Planner, №2
The ‘Systems Thinking’ bookPerdicoulis, 2010
Applied R&D Projects
Cockpit WiringViewport Design™

Hierarchical Structures™

Hierarchical Structures
Workshop
Hierarchy Maps Description:Gives a visual form to mental models of ‘how entities relate’ in terms of order or hierarchy, and thus helps gain understanding about assumptions and knowledge (or lack thereof) regarding the hierarchical structure of the object of interest — e.g. an un-documented system.
Prospectus:Hierarchical Structures™
Technical folio:Packs
Pro Utility™
system Hierarchy Maps™— entity relationships in terms of order or hierarchy (HBS)
Concise reading list
Top down, bottom-up, or sideways?Systems Planner, №42
Verbs of essenceSystems Planner, №29
Hierarchical breakdown structuresSystems Planner, №23
The ‘Building Competences’ bookPerdicoulis, 2011

Decision Logic™

Decision Logic
Workshop
Decision Maps Description:Expresses graphically the way we reason to reach our decisions as an ‘information flow protocol’, and thus helps find out any reasoning flaws or un-necessary shortcuts — quite important when responsibility is high, such as in competitive environments or in the public domain.
Prospectus:Decision Logic™
Technical folio:Packs
Pro Utility™
plan Decision Maps™— full plan (DCD) with decision model analysis™ (DMA) information flows
Concise reading list
Sign complexitySystems Planner, №44
The making of strategySystems Planner, №30
The ‘Application manual’Systems Planner, №2
The ‘Systems Thinking’ bookPerdicoulis, 2010

Process Profile™

Process Profile
Workshop
Process Layout   Process Maps Description:Expresses graphically ‘how things are done’ — e.g., the preparation of plans or projects. Once documented, processes can be checked and optimised for pathways, resource use, and outcomes — crucial in cases of high responsibility.
Prospectus:Process Profile™
Technical folio:Packs
Pro Utility™
alternatives process Process Maps™— concise (CPD), extended (EPD), personalised (PPD)
Special cases: transaction chains (TCD); information flow (IFD)
Process Layout™— sequential documentation of processes in a diagrammatic form
Editions
Inaugural session:USC, 2018 DEC 07
Applied R&D Projects
Bit CultureProcess Layout™
LDF TransformProcess Layout™
Concise reading list
Academic mobilitySystems Planner, №41
Alternative views of the processSystems Planner, №36
Diagramming an EIA processSystems Planner, №27
Personalised process diagramsSystems Planner, №19
Extended process diagramsSystems Planner, №18
System to processSystems Planner, №12
‘Application manual’Systems Planner, №2
The ‘Systems Thinking’ bookPerdicoulis, 2010

Plan Workings™

Plan Workings
Workshop
Plan Simulation   Strategy Maps Description:Expresses graphically the content of ‘action proposals’ (e.g. plans, policies, strategies), helping to clarify and visualise the concerns, objectives, action, and outcomes as well as the relationships between them. Simulation of proposed actions provides insights into efficiency.
Prospectus:Plan Workings™
Technical folio:Packs
Pro Utility™
alternatives plan Strategy Maps™— action proposals (e.g. plans, policies, strategies) in a diagrammatic form (DCD)
Plan Simulation™— scenario forecasting (qualitative/ System Dynamics link)
Editions
Inaugural session:TBA
Concise reading list
HEI EnhancementProject Report, 2017
AAP OverhaulProject Report, 2016
System to strategySystems Planner, №11
The ‘Application manual’Systems Planner, №2
The ‘Systems Thinking’ bookPerdicoulis, 2010

Efficiency Assessment™

Efficiency Assessment
Workshop
Efficiency Maps Description:Juxtaposes internal elements of ‘action proposals’ (e.g. plans, policies, strategies) to figure out their effectiveness (Z–Z′), fulfilment of outcome (Y–Z′), and overall efficiency (Z–X–Z′), which facilitates their comprehension and application.
Prospectus:Efficiency Assessment™
Technical folio:Packs
Pro Utility™
plan Efficiency Maps™— full plan (DCD) with efficiency assessment™ (EFI) mark-up
Concise reading list
Reaching deeper into employee performanceEfficiency, №4
The backstage of performanceSystems Planner, №35
Practical example (Viridor)Efficiency, №3
Practical example (Porto)Efficiency, №2
The ‘Efficiency’ journalEfficiency, №1
The ‘Application manual’Systems Planner, №2
The ‘Systems Thinking’ bookPerdicoulis, 2010

Strategy Board™

Strategy Board
Workshop
Graphic SWOT   Situation Maps Description:Adds concerns and commitments to the mental model of the system of interest (RBP) from distinct points of view (stakeholders), and thus facilitates the conception of strategy and creation of action proposals (DCD) in a negotiated manner.
Prospectus:Strategy Board™
Technical folio:Packs
Pro Utilities™
alternatives system
situation photography Text Mark-Up
Situation Maps™— working grounds (RBP) for preparing strategy in ‘XYZ’ notation
Graphic SWOT™— element standing and roadmap analysis in SWOT notation
Applied R&D Projects
AAP Overhaul — Plan review and revision
Concise reading list
Preparing for a SWOT exerciseSystems Planner, №43Graphic SWOT™
AAP Overhaulproject report
Developing strategy from a ‘foundation’ RBPSystems Planner, №38
The foundation of strategySystems Planner, №37
A strategy board for impact assessmentSystems Planner, №15Graphic SWOT™
System to strategySystems Planner, №11Graphic SWOT™
Safeguarding SWOTSystems Planner, №6Graphic SWOT™
SPML™LanguageGraphic SWOT™ (notation)
‘Indicators in planning’Perdicoulis and Glasson, 2011
The ‘Application manual’Systems Planner, №2
The ‘Systems Thinking’ bookPerdicoulis, 2010

Risk/ Impact Tracing™

Risk/ Impact Tracing
Workshop
EIA Light   Risk/ Impact Maps Description:Expresses graphically how risks/ impacts are likely (or thought) to arise from proposed action, and thus facilitates the construction, understanding, and verification of the causal argument in accompanying documentation (e.g. impact statement), as an extension of the classic text option.
Prospectus:Risk/ Impact Tracing™
Technical folio:Packs
Course:Risk/ Impact Dynamics
Pro Utilities™
alternatives system plan Risk/ Impact Maps™— causal pathways from actions to risks/ impacts (RBP/ DCD)
EIA Light™— EIA argumentation with Risk/ Impact Map™ storyboards (RBP/ DCD)
Editions
Inaugural session:FEUP, 2012 DEC 05
Applied R&D Projects
Foz Tua power linesEIA Light™
Concise reading list
Impacts technical folioEIA Light™
Registering cumulative effects in DCDsSystems Planner, №28
Impact tracingSystems Planner, №7EIA Light™
The ‘Causality in EIA’ articlePerdicoulis and Glasson, 2012
The ‘Systems Thinking’ bookPerdicoulis, 2010
The ‘EIA premise’ articlePerdicoulis and Glasson, 2009

Graphical Narrative™

Graphical Narrative
Workshop
Overt Storytelling   Storytelling Description:Turns stories or accounts into appropriate diagrams — e.g. situations (RBP); courses of action (CPD); plots (DCD) — and thus facilitates the understanding of dynamic structure, function, causality, inter alia, which provides a richer experience with the narrative.
Prospectus:Graphical Narrative™
Technical folio:Packs
Pro Utility™
system process plan Storytelling Maps™— systems view (RBP), process view (CPD), plan view (DCD)
Overt Storytelling™— expository modelling (RBP, CPD, DCD)
Scholarly Clubs℠
The Writing Club℠
The Speech Club℠
Concise reading list
Daedalus and PerdixFables, №4
The Fox and the GrapesFables, №3
The Spendthrift and the SwallowFables, №2
The ‘Application manual’Systems Planner, №2
The ‘Systems Thinking’ bookPerdicoulis, 2010

Creative Hypothesis™

Creative Hypothesis
Workshop
Sapience Description:Explores the formulation of hypotheses — e.g. potential solutions to problems, explanations to phenomena, answers to questions, or ideas for innovation — and improves decision-making through the understanding to create these options.
Prospectus:Creative Hypothesis™
Technical folio:Packs
Pro Utility™
system Sapience Maps™— reverse blueprints (RBP) with appropriate mark-up (e.g. ‘XYZ’)
Concise reading list
Developing strategy from a ‘foundation’ RBPSystems Planner, №38
The foundation of strategySystems Planner, №37
UncookingXV Games, №3
The ‘Application manual’Systems Planner, №2
The ‘Systems Thinking’ bookPerdicoulis, 2010

Masterclasses™

Insight/ Innovation™

Insight/ Innovation
Masterclass
Graphical Narrative Creative Hypothesis Description:Training to form insight and/ or innovation through exploration and understanding of situations.
Milestones:Target situation; dynamic analysis; prospective vision; imaginative scenarios; action plan
Modules: Graphical Narrative™ [story/ account diagramming]; Creative Hypothesis™ [formulation of hypotheses]

Growth/ Maturity™

Growth/ Maturity
Masterclass
Reverse Blueprints Creative Hypothesis Description:Training to conceive growth and/ or maturity through exploration and understanding of systems.
Milestones:Target system; dynamic analysis; prospective vision; imaginative scenarios; action plan
Modules: Reverse Blueprints™ [system structure/ function]; Creative Hypothesis™ [formulation of hypotheses]

Efficiency at Work™

Efficiency at Work
Masterclass
Efficiency Assessment Process Profile Description:Training to achieve efficiency at work through exploration and understanding of processes.
Milestones:Target process; efficiency issues; causal understanding; potential solutions; action plan
Modules: Efficiency Assessment™ [objective referencing]; Process Profile™ [operation protocols]
Editions
Inaugural session:UTAD, 2018 JUL 02–03

Indicators/ Indices™

Indicators/ Indices
Masterclass
Reverse Blueprints Strategy Board Description:Training to appropriately use indicators and/ or indices through exploration and understanding of systems.
Milestones:Target system; aggregation levels; indicator sets; element dynamics; computational views
Modules: Reverse Blueprints™ [system structure/ function]; Strategy Board™ [positioning on a situation]
Editions
Innovation Masterclass:Porto Business School (PBS), 2019 FEB 16

Risk/ Impact Mitigation™

Risk/ Impact Mitigation
Masterclass
Risk/ Impact Tracing Reverse Blueprints Description:Training to conceive risk/ impact mitigation through exploration and understanding of systems and/ or action.
Milestones:Target system; target plan; side effects; individual mitigation; compound mitigation; scenario simulation
Modules: Risk/ Impact Tracing™ [how risks/ impacts arise]; Reverse Blueprints™ [system structure/ function]

Decision Making™

Decision Making
Masterclass
Decision Logic Plan Workings Description:Training to enhance decision making through exploration and understanding of situations and/ or action.
Milestones:Target stakeholder; target situation; target plan; decision model; decision options
Modules: Decision Logic™ [reasoning protocols]; Plan Workings™ [the content of action proposals]

Scholarly Clubs℠ — παιδεία, αρετή

integration events
Being holistic in its essence, Systems Planning℠ goes to great lengths to build a Culture+Technique alliance™ by bringing together the very abstract of human intellect and the finest means of expression such as speaking and writing.
holistic mindset continuous cultivation
Scholarly Clubs
The Scholarly Clubs℠ of Systems Planning℠ extend, reinforce, and integrate human competences through enjoyable social events (e.g. presentation, exhibition, demonstration), after some necessary preparation (e.g. study).
cultured competence stakeholder empowerment
Reference: Clubs technical folio
Scholarly Clubs Folio Overview Agendas Events  events Cooperations

co-op

Scholarly Clubs℠
The Classics Club The Drawing Club The Typography Club The Photography Club

The Classics Club™

The Drawing Club™

The Typography Club™

The Photography Club™

The Writing Club The Speech Club The Broadcast Club

The Writing Club™

The Speech Club™

The Broadcast Club™

Cooperations  cooperation

AA UTAD
Associação Académica da Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (AA UTAD) — Student Union
DivisionDepartamento de Formação Pedagógica e Profissional
AddressQuinta dos Prados, 5000–801 Vila Real, Portugal
Systems Planning℠ interfaceThe Writing Club℠
UTAD
University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
DivisionDepartment of Engineering, School of Science and Technology (ECT)
AddressQuinta dos Prados, 5000–801 Vila Real, Portugal
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis (since 1997)
Casa de Mateus
Fundação Casa de Mateus (FCM)
LocationVila Real, Portugal
FunctionCo-organisation, ‘Ciclo de Conversas sobre Ciência e Cultura’, in cooperation with UTAD
Systems Planning℠ interfaceThe Classics Club℠
1st Series — 2013–2014A. Rodrigues (FCM), E. Henriques, A. Perdicoulis, and L. Roçadas (UTAD)
2nd Series — 2014–2015A. Rodrigues (FCM), E. Henriques, and A. Perdicoulis (UTAD)
IICM
Instituto Internacional Casa de Mateus (IICM)
LocationVila Real, Portugal
FunctionCo-organisation, ‘Ciclo de Conversas sobre Arte, Ciência e Cultura’, in cooperation with UTAD
Systems Planning℠ interfaceThe Classics Club℠
3rd Series — 2015–2016T. Albuquerque (IICM), E. Henriques, A. Perdicoulis (UTAD), and R. Merrill (UMinho)
4th Series — 2016–2017T. Albuquerque (IICM), E. Henriques, A. Perdicoulis (UTAD), and R. Merrill (UMinho)
5th Series — 2017–2018T. Albuquerque (IICM), E. Henriques, and A. Perdicoulis (UTAD)
Guest Speakers/ Instructors cooperation
A. Belém Lima J. Cardoso Rosas E. Henriques J. Meirinhos
T. Nunes da Ponte A. Perdicoulis T.A. Perdicoulis

People: Contributing associates  |  Authors  |  Editorial references  |  Teaching cooperation  |  Guest speakers/ instructors  |  Global credits
Organisations: R&D cooperation  |  Academic exchange  |  Classic print  |  Launches  |  Outreach Seminars™  |  Backing
Reserve: Stakeholders  |  Youthful Minds™  |  Cooperative Development™  |  Co-op frameworks

Events — Scholarly Clubs℠
events Forthcoming
Club Events
On-Demand
Club Events
Past
Club Events
Deployment
Suite

Events: Course Editions  |  Academic Activism℠  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Specialist Workshops℠  |  Scholarly Clubs℠

Types of Club Events

talk
Talk
OutsetScholarly presentation
FeedbackDiscussion
SuitabilityClassics
expo
Expo
OutsetArtwork exhibition
FeedbackDiscussion
SuitabilityDrawing, Typography, Photography
demo
Demo
OutsetTechnical demonstration
FeedbackDiscussion
SuitabilityWriting, Speech, Broadcasting
show
Show
OutsetArtwork transmission
FeedbackDiscussion
SuitabilityBroadcasting
Reference: Clubs technical folio

Forthcoming Club Events

On-Demand Club Events

Past Club Events

The Classics Club℠

The Classics Club
Specifications
OverviewClubs technical folio
AgendaClassics
Contact A. Perdicoulis
Haute Culture

co-op

Scope

Study Folios
Study
Form and dynamicsre: comprehension
e.g. situations, problems, ideas Classics techniquesre: clarity
e.g. exposition, argumentation, dialogue, abstraction Classics documentationre: reliability
e.g. sources, copies, interpretations, comments
Folios
Versions of Plato's Republic

Sessions

events
Past
Odyssey — A. Perdicoulis, 2019
The Ferryman — A. Perdicoulis, 2018
Modern Ethics — J. Cardoso Rosas, 2016
Aristotelian Ethics — J. Meirinhos, 2015
Shadows — A. Perdicoulis, 2015
Casa de Mateus — A.B. Lima & T.N. Ponte, 2014
Verney's method of study — A. Perdicoulis, 2014

Resources

reading
Sources (selection)
Aristotle, Metaphysics
Aristotle, Categories
Aristotle, Ethics
Aristotle, Politics
Aristotle, The Athenian Constitution
T. Hobbes, Leviathan
M. Aurelius, Meditations
Plato, The Republic
T. More, Utopia
L.A. Verney, Verdadeiro Metodo de Estudar
Horkheimer and Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment
Editorials (selection)
A. D'Souza (29 OCT 2014) The next generation of tech talent needs to be educated in history, classics and languagesThe Telegraph — Education
E. Hall (20 JUN 2015) Classics for the people — why we should all learn from the ancient GreeksThe Guardian — Classics
Essays (selection)
The luxurious state, oestros №20
On quality, oestros №10
Shadow measurements, oestros №9
The sum of the parts, oestros №6

The Drawing Club℠

The Drawing Club
Specifications
OverviewClubs technical folio
AgendaDrawing
Contact A. Perdicoulis
hardware digital artwork OmniGraffle
LaTeX and TikZ executive management Graphviz

co-op

Scope

Study Folios
Study
Form and dynamicsre: comprehension
e.g. systems, processes, plans Diagrammatic techniquesre: clarity
e.g. diagram type, styling, appropriateness Diagrammatic documentationre: reliability
e.g. extent, complexity, zoom levels
model sampler
Display
Plan drawing— e.g. HEI Enhancement, AAP Overhaul
Policy drawing— e.g. LDF Transform

Sessions

events
Past
Interactive diagramming demo— private session, 2020
Kite design and construction— UTAD, 2016 & 2017
On-Demand Events
Technical illustration for engineering projects

Resources

deployment
External references
Graphviz— gallery/ examples
Texample.net— TikZ examples
TeX StackExchange— TeX Q&A
Concepts— drawing tutorials

The Typography Club℠

The Typography Club
Specifications
OverviewClubs technical folio
AgendaTypography
Contact A. Perdicoulis
LaTeX and TikZ DTP MD
ebooks HTML and CSS

co-op

Scope

Study Folios
Study
Form and dynamicsre: comprehension
e.g. systems, processes, plans Typographic techniquesre: clarity
e.g. layout, fonts, colour, appropriateness Typographic documentationre: reliability
e.g. readability, navigation, conventions, meaning
model sampler
Display
Report layout— e.g. Cockpit Wiring
Plan layout— HEI Enhancement, AAP Overhaul

Sessions

events
Forthcoming
TBA
On-Demand Events
Report styling for engineering projects

Resources

deployment
External references
W3C — HTML and CSS authority
Type Directors Club — SIG
The Society of Typographic Aficionados — SIG
Association Typographique Internationale — SIG
TeX at StackExchange — LaTeX Q&A
CSS Zen Garden — CSS design
CSS Tricks — CSS techniques
Lea Verou — front-end web development
Font Squirrel — fonts
Pinterest — search for ‘typography’, ‘web’, ‘print’, etc.
Affinity Publisher tutorials— official website

The Photography Club℠

The Photography Club
Specifications
OverviewClubs technical folio
AgendaPhotography
Contact A. Perdicoulis
camera
digital artwork

co-op

Scope

Study Folios
Study
Form and dynamicsre: comprehension
e.g. processes, systems, relationships (v. shots) Photographic techniquesre: clarity
e.g. exposure, motion, colour, processing (v. visualisation adjustments™) Photographic documentationre: reliability
e.g. composition, complexity, veracity (v. visualisation adjustments™)
Folios
Non-destructive greyscale conversion
situation photography
Shots
Processes— e.g. phenomena, events
Systems— e.g. nature, cities, machines
State views— e.g. dashboards, cockpits, panels
Relationships— e.g. friendship, threat, independence
photo gallery
Display
Perspective— e.g. top view, street level, inner space
Perception— e.g. information interfaces, shadows
Abstraction— e.g. kindness, courage, beauty, comfort

Sessions

events
Forthcoming
TBA

Resources

deployment
External references
Cambridge in Colour— v. tutorials
Photography Life— v. tutorials
Affinity Photo tutorials— official website
Pixelmator Pro tutorials— official website

The Writing Club℠

The Writing Club
Specifications
OverviewClubs technical folio
AgendaWriting
Contact A. Perdicoulis
Creative Hypothesis Graphical Narrative

co-op

Scope

Study Folios
Study
Form and dynamicsre: comprehension
e.g. argumentation, analysis, interpretation Writing techniquesre: clarity
e.g. addressing the readership, text balance, exposition Written documentationre: reliability
e.g. exactness, objectivity, traceability

Sessions

events
Past
Transmission ailments and ways out— AA UTAD, 2021
On-Demand Events
Text revision for engineering projects

Resources

External references
Dead Poets Society (1989, dir. P. Weir)— e.g. ‘rip it out’ (re: greatness of poetry = artful rendering of the poem's objective × importance of the objective)
reading
Lab journals
ETYMOS concept lab
Technical folios
Documents
Essays
Reports
Posters
CV

Assessment
Ailments
Invention
Science

Metadata
References
Cataloguing
Search

The Speech Club℠

The Speech Club
Specifications
OverviewClubs technical folio
AgendaSpeech
Contact A. Perdicoulis
Creative Hypothesis Graphical Narrative

co-op

Scope

Study Folios
Study
Form and dynamicsre: comprehension
e.g. live argumentation, dialogue development Speech techniquesre: clarity
e.g. intonation, repetition patterns, notes Oral documentationre: reliability
e.g. live clarification of terms, focus and context

Sessions

events
Forthcoming
TBA

Resources

reading
Technical folios
Invention
Reports
Assessment
References
Practicum
Ailments
Science

The Broadcast Club℠

The Broadcast Club
Specifications
OverviewClubs technical folio
AgendaBroadcast
Contact A. Perdicoulis
note videoconference
digital artwork

co-op

Scope

Study Folios
Study
Form and dynamicsre: comprehension
e.g. live presentation, conference Broadcast techniquesre: clarity
e.g. recording, transmission (audio, video) Broadcast documentationre: reliability
e.g. protocol, platform, equipment
Webcast Video
Display
Stakeholder examination
Problem-solving attitude
Meaningful communication

Sessions

events
Forthcoming
TBA

Resources

reading
Technical folios
Communication
Ailments
Ideas
Harmony— e.g. symmetry, framework
Rhythm— e.g. cadence, pulse
Timeline— e.g. duration, motifs
Storyline— e.g. sequence, melody
Style— e.g. instrumentation, mood
Performance— e.g. speech, playing

Hardware— e.g. mic, audio interface, video capture
Software— e.g. DAW, video processing, streaming
Signal— e.g. S/N, EQ, compression, bandwidth

Study Resources — γνώση, παιδεία

reading lists
Systems Planning℠ compiles lists of resources for study, sorted by their publication formats (e.g. books, articles, streaming), including special Systems Planning℠ publications. The lists include sources of knowledge on specific subjects, as well as material for broadening one's horizons.
continuous cultivation Haute Culture
Reference: Operations technical folio
Reading Lists Repositories Streaming Books Lecture Notes Journals Articles Guidelines

Scholarly Repositories

The following selection includes scholarly repositories with direct relevance to Systems Planning℠, as well as broader-scope public-access repositories. Private repositories are added by permission of their maintainers.

Listing (L→R): Repository; Host/ Maintainer; Scope

Selection

Repository Selection — Classics
Perseus Digital Library The Internet Archive OpenLibrary Project Gutenberg

Perseus Digital Library
— classics —

Internet Archive
— general —

Open Library
— general —

Project Gutenberg
— general —

Note

Sources
Content — The transmission of knowledge per se relies on reader experience. The ideal content of scholarly publications (mainly articles and books) is explanations that yield understanding (e.g. processes, causal mechanisms), which demands curiosity and hard work. Data (i.e. facts/ objective reality) and information (i.e. interpretation/ meaning) are ‘raw’ sources with limited intrinsic value for the advancement of science.

Consultation — The mainstream scholarly (or ‘scientific’) publications extend to all fields of human knowledge, are usually produced and distributed by commercial publishers, and are abstracted, indexed, and/ or ranked for various purposes by affiliated or independent companies. Regardless of publisher repute, indexing, or classification, all publications (e.g. articles, books) should be consulted with a critical spirit.

Appropriateness — Demeaning pressures and delusive attractions in scholarly R&D are likely to result in inferior quality publications (e.g. ‘filler’ articles) and conjectural knowledge (e.g. hasty or generic conclusions), both of which are unsuitable for further research. It is the duty of the researcher to identify and exclude the inappropriate publications, and the duty of the editors and publishers to not let this happen in the first place.

Aggregation — In the recent past, libraries were the important aggregators of scholarly publications (e.g. periodicals, books), valued for their physical collections. Modern scholarly publications are aggregated in online distribution networks created by the publishers and/ or indexing companies. Commercial ventures are centralised and thus become more visible and/ or popular, while independent publishers (e.g. departments, schools) generally adopt a more modest standing.
Reference: Research technical folio

Publications: Publishing manifesto  |  Pledge  |  Authors & readers  |  Editions  |  Copyright & licensing  |  Management  |  Software
Conduct: Enablers  |  Praxis prompts  |  Modelling prompts  |  Experimental wisdom  |  Blog  |  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  |  Holistic alumni  |  Class ethos  |  Student tips  |  Discreetness
Global: Sources  |  Goodwill  |  Screening  |  Activism  |  Metrics  |  Participants

Streaming Resources

While reading resources maintain their value for the transmission of course content, online study programmes tend to rely on matching means of content delivery, and streaming (e.g. video webcasts) is a particularly popular option — perhaps more than reading, in certain contexts (e.g. explanation of complex systems or processes).
webcast video

Listing (L→R): Resource; Course

Course material

Books

The books are divided into categories in relation to Systems Planning℠: essential, extension, foundation, historical, dictionaries/ reference, and technical/ engineering volumes. Reading books requires a great deal of our precious time and attention, but it is definitely worthwhile.

Essential

Systems Thinking book
‘Systems Thinking’
Perdicoulis, A. (2010) Systems Thinking and Decision Making in Urban and Environmental Planning. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

ISBN: 978-1-84980-384-7 (HB)
Edward Elgar
Building Competences book
‘Building Competences’
Perdicoulis, A. (2011) Building Competences for Spatial Planners: Methods and Techniques for Performing Tasks with Efficiency. London: Routledge.

ISBN: 978-0-415-59456-1 (SB)
ISBN: 978-0-415-59454-7 (HB)
Routledge
Furthering EIA book
‘Furthering EIA’
Perdicoulis, A., B. Durning, and L. Palframan [Eds.] (2012) Furthering Environmental Assessment: Towards a Seamless Connection between EIA and EMS. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

ISBN: 978-0-85793-327-0 (HB)
Edward Elgar
Academic Life
Academic Life
Perdicoulis, A. (2013) Academic Life. Perdicoulis Publishing: Book Division, Scholarly Essay Series.
Perdicoulis Publishing
Project Management
Project Management
Perdicoulis, A. (2015) Project Management. Perdicoulis Publishing: Book Division, Praxis Primer Series.
Perdicoulis Publishing
Research Communication
Research Communication
Perdicoulis, A. (2015) Research Communication. Perdicoulis Publishing: Book Division, Advanced Companion Series.
Perdicoulis Publishing
Organisation Governance
Organisation Governance
Perdicoulis, A. (2016) Organisation Governance. Perdicoulis Publishing: Book Division, Advanced Companion Series.
Perdicoulis Publishing

Extension

Foundation

Historical

Dictionaries/ Reference

Technical/ Engineering

Lecture Notes

The following selection includes older support material for academic lectures (in Portuguese). More recent material (in English) can be found in books and journals, and is typically detailed in the class syllabi.
Strategic Planning Text UTAD
Perdicoulis, A. (2002) Planeamento Estratégico. Vila Real: UTAD, Série Didáctica, Ciências Aplicadas, 183.

ISBN: 972-669-507-4
Strategic Planning Lab UTAD
Perdicoulis, A. (2002) Práticas de Planeamento Estratégico. Vila Real: UTAD, Série Didáctica, Ciências Aplicadas, 178.

ISBN: 972-669-488-4
Environmental Impact Text UTAD
Perdicoulis, A. (2002) Metodologia de Estudo e Previsão do Impacte Ambiental. Vila Real: UTAD, Série Didáctica, Ciências Aplicadas, 181.

ISBN: 972-669-509-0
Environmental Impact Lab UTAD
Perdicoulis, A. (2001) Práticas de Metodologia de Estudo e Previsão do Impacte Ambiental. Vila Real: UTAD, Série Didáctica, Ciências Aplicadas, 159.

ISBN: 972-669-448-5
Environmental Modelling Text UTAD
Perdicoulis, A. (2002) Modelação Ambiental. Vila Real: UTAD, Série Didáctica, Ciências Aplicadas, 182.

ISBN: 972-669-508-2
Environmental Modelling Lab UTAD
Perdicoulis, A. (2002) Práticas de Modelação Ambiental. Vila Real: UTAD, Série Didáctica, Ciências Aplicadas, 177.

ISBN: 972-669-489-2
Population Dynamics Lab UTAD
Perdicoulis, A. (2001) Práticas de Dinâmica das Populações. Vila Real: UTAD, Série Didáctica, Ciências Aplicadas, 160.

ISBN: 972-669-449-3

Journals

This collection includes Systems Planning℠'s own ‘lab’ journals and a selection of conventional journals recommended by CITTA and/ or OISD. Abstracting and indexing (A&I) as well as rating and ranking (R&R) services and/ or products are applicable only to mainstream scholarly publishing (cf. independent scholarly publishing).

Essential

Systems Planner Perdicoulis Publishing
Systems Planner
Designation‘Practice lab’
ContentMethodological notes and commented examples
Established2011
ISSN2182-8091
ETYMOS Perdicoulis Publishing
ETYMOS
Designation‘Concept lab’
ContentConcept profiles from the wider scientific/ epistemic domain
Established2012
ISSN2182-8105
oestros Perdicoulis Publishing
oestros
Designation‘Community lab’
ContentIssues of science and society
Established2012
ISSN2182-8113
XV Games Perdicoulis Publishing
XV Games
Designation‘Junior lab’
ContentProblems and solutions, in a way similar to chess or card games
Established2012
ISSN2182-8121
Visions Perdicoulis Publishing
Visions
Designation‘Inception lab’
ContentNarratives between ideals and reality
Established2013
ISSN2183-1459
Efficiency Perdicoulis Publishing
Efficiency
Designation‘Competence lab’
ContentShowcase of efficient practice across fields
Established2013
ISSN2183-1440
Fables Perdicoulis Publishing
Fables
Designation‘Storytelling lab’
ContentFables with technical illustrations
Established2014
ISSN2183-3591
Bites Perdicoulis Publishing
Bites
Designation‘Quality lab’
ContentThe inherent properties of essence or substance (ουσία)
Established2014
ISSN2183-4024

Listing (L→R): Journal; Publisher

Extension I: ‘ISI’

Disclaimer: The above selection is merely indicative — i.e. non-exhaustive and non-endorsing; designations and affiliations may change over time

Listing (L→R): Journal; Publisher

Extension II: non-‘ISI’ A

Disclaimer: The above selection is merely indicative — i.e. non-exhaustive and non-endorsing; designations and affiliations may change over time

Listing (L→R): Journal; Publisher

Extension III: non-‘ISI’ B

Disclaimer: The above selection is merely indicative — i.e. non-exhaustive and non-endorsing; designations and affiliations may change over time

Listing (L→R): Service/ Product; Owner

Abstracting and Indexing (A&I)

Disclaimer: The above selection is merely indicative — i.e. non-exhaustive and non-endorsing; designations and affiliations may change over time

Listing (L→R): Service/ Product; Owner

Rating and Ranking (R&R)

Disclaimer: The above selection is merely indicative — i.e. non-exhaustive and non-endorsing; designations and affiliations may change over time

Conventional Articles

Articles are divided in three sets: essential for Systems Planning℠, foundation articles, and community articles about the conduct of science. The following ‘showcase’ presents a selection that may be useful to beginners in Systems Planning℠.

Selection

causality in EIA
indicators in planning
causality premise

‘Causality in EIA’
(2012)

‘Indicators in planning’
(2011)

‘Causality premise’
(2009)

EIA-EMS integration
causality in SEA
causal networks

‘EIA–EMS integration’
(2007)

‘Causality in SEA’
(2007)

‘Causal networks’
(2006)

Essential

Foundation

Conduct of Science

Guidelines

National legislation, EU directives, and ISO norms — to name but a few — provide guidelines for work: some stronger than others, and all subject to interpretation. The following lists contain selected material (mainly for teaching purposes) that is by no means exhaustive, not necessarily representative of each category, and not necessarily completely up to date — although efforts are always made in this sense.

National Legislation [PT]

Disclaimer: The above selection is merely indicative — i.e. not exhaustive, not representative of each category, and not completely up to date

EU Directives

Disclaimer: The above selection is merely indicative — i.e. not exhaustive, not representative of each category, and not completely up to date

ISO Norms

Disclaimer: The above selection is merely indicative — i.e. not exhaustive, not representative of each category, and not completely up to date