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Systems School

Education unit [Statutes; Sections]

Function: Developing competences

Director: A. Perdicoulis

differentiation manifesto

School

Education Competences Teaching Guidance Training Events Study
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© 2013 A. Perdicoulis (early project management class at UTAD)

Competence

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. It is not only the planners who have something to learn — e.g. efficient procedures and outcomes — but also the stakeholders: they get to see the common system, and their interests in perspective.

Storyline: Situation  •  Breakthrough  •  Industry  •  Competence  •  Community  •  Knowledge  •  Leadership

Finesse

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

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

Continual Education

continual education

extension   Haute Culture Personally and collectively, organised learning — i.e. education/ παιδεία — provides a continual interactive relationship with knowledge, understanding, experience, culture (and, to be fair, also data and information), so it shapes people and communities.


Reference: Competences technical folio

Education pack

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

— coordination —

— instruction —

— mentoring —

— training —

— culture —

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

— think big —

— causal understanding —

— clear & unambiguous —

— scale & principles —

— re: content —

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

— qualifications —

— self-enhancement —

— holistic excellence —

— seminars/ activism —

— guidance/ experience —

Link packs: Welcome pack  •  Activity pack  •  Innovation pack  •  Education pack  •  Project pack  •  Network pack  •  SIG pack  •  Track pack  •  Distinction pack

Education Intents Courses  programmes  events H · E · I Activities  programmes  events Candidates

Education · Differentiation manifesto

Building Cultured Competence

education manifesto 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’.

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™.

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  •  Modelling  •  Management  •  Planning

Intents

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

Base Skills™ — primer, action, acumen, communication
Competitive Advantage™ — professional, personal, organisational
Haute Culture™ — holistic development/ integrated multi-dimensional maturity
Integrated Knowledge
Integrated Knowledge™ — γνώση
Systems School [State]Mental or registered content regarding subject-matter with a view to understanding, achieved through personal familiarisation

Systems Planning℠ — methodology, language, deployment
Subject matter — specific to the interest of the students
Integration — subject matter in a dynamic view

Reference technical folios:
Teaching (intents/ cognitive base)
Charter (classic values/ holistic excellence)
Competences (educational dynamics)

Note

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  •  Commitment  •  Document editions  •  Copyright & licensing  •  Authors & readers  •  Software
Conduct: Enablers  •  Praxis prompts  •  Modelling prompts  •  Experimental wisdom  •  Blog  •  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  •  Holistic alumni  •  Class ethos  •  Student tips
Global: Sources  •  Goodwill  •  Screening  •  Activism  •  Metrics

Activity view: Organic dynamics of academia

academic dynamics

Activity: Q  •  δ  •  Stance  •  Marks  •  Autonomy  •  Curiosity  •  Conduct  •  Tracks  •  Study  •  Undertakings  •  Workflows  •  L·SIG  •  Modes  •  Organics  •  Masterplan  •  Antipodes
Themes: Praxis  •  Cause  •  Empowerment  •  Science  •  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  •  Conditions  •  Thorough™ R&D  •  P3™/ CR™  •  Unity  •  Expertise  •  T·SIG  •  Value  •  Missions·A

Study Programmes

study programmes

Quality   Haute Culture Whether long or short, Systems Planning℠ courses bring together activities and resources along time, leaving liberty to the Youthful Minds™ to build their own autonomy gradually and with appropriate accompaniment.

INSTITUTIONS
COURSES

continual education   top-tier comprehension The delivery of the Systems Planning℠ courses — in whole or in part — is in coordination with established teaching institutions, responsible for accreditation (e.g. certificates) and the associated logistics (e.g. examinations, tuition).

READING
STREAMING

scholarly sharing   technical ensembles Content delivery is via documents (v. reading lists), webcasts (v. streaming), and interactive means such as videoconferencing. Future plans are considering massive open online courses (MOOC) in selected platforms (TBA).


Reference: Competences technical folio
MOOC Candidates
Coursera kadenze Khan Academy

Coursera

kadenze

Khan Academy

Courses

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

events Editionsat selected host institutions — v. Editions register
ResourcesStreaming resources; Reading lists
BrochureSPDP℠
joint courses
Joint Courses
programmes   Systems Planning 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

events Editionsat selected host institutions — v. Editions register
ResourcesStreaming resources; Reading lists
PartnersLasting SIG members
PoolMainstream praxis — v. cooperation frameworks
TermsOperating Principles™
Track record(TBA) Academic Exchange
Content and logisticsspecific to each course

Activity view: Educational dynamics — development programme (cf. educational modules)

development programme

Activity: Q  •  δ  •  Stance  •  Marks  •  Autonomy  •  Curiosity  •  Conduct  •  Tracks  •  Study  •  Undertakings  •  Workflows  •  L·SIG  •  Modes  •  Organics  •  Masterplan  •  Antipodes
Themes: Praxis  •  Cause  •  Empowerment  •  Science  •  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  •  Conditions  •  Thorough™ R&D  •  P3™/ CR™  •  Unity  •  Expertise  •  T·SIG  •  Value  •  Missions·A

Events — Course Editions
events Past
Course Editions
Ongoing
Course Editions
Forthcoming
Course Editions

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

Course Editions — Forthcoming

Course Editions — Ongoing

Course Editions — Past

Institutions

academia

SIG   study programmes Systems Planning℠ educational activities are already available at selected host institutions — e.g. v. teaching, seminars. Relevant Special Interest Groups (SIG) include Systems Academy℠ re: systems education and Open Quality℠ re: professional quality.


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Educational modules (cf. professional activities; cf. transient SIG; cf. 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
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
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
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

Candidates

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

Note

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  •  Commitment  •  Document editions  •  Copyright & licensing  •  Authors & readers  •  Software
Conduct: Enablers  •  Praxis prompts  •  Modelling prompts  •  Experimental wisdom  •  Blog  •  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  •  Holistic alumni  •  Class ethos  •  Student tips
Global: Sources  •  Goodwill  •  Screening  •  Activism  •  Metrics

Competences — αρετή

cultured competences

initial conditions   continual education Building competences at all levels is a continual investment towards holistic excellence (αρετή) with initial conditions and persistent effort through study, instruction, training, teamwork, accompaniment, and integration.

Haute Culture
top level

holistic mindset   simplicity, elegance, goodness 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™.

Competitive Advantage
Quality
operative level

subject matter   stakeholder empowerment At a practical and focussed level, often associated with a specific subject matter, Systems Planning℠ helps stakeholders build a dynamic autonomy designated as Competitive Advantage™ — v. SPDP℠.

Base Skills
entry level

educational dynamics The advanced (‘operative’ and ‘top’) levels depend on a groundwork of Base Skills™, carried out with diligence (e.g. formal schooling, applications, mentoring).



Reference: Competences technical folio

Haute Culture™

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
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
Brand Uniqueness Making a Difference Community Outreach Collective Teaching
Academic Mentoring℠ Specialist Workshops℠ Scholarly Clubs℠ Praxis Support
Reading Lists Junior Talent

Syndicates: Quality Assurance  •  Haute Culture™

quotes (sim)      dynamic autonomy

Competitive Advantage
Quality Standard   ·   Competence

Competitive Advantage™
Quality
Professional Perfection

Professional Perfection™ — effort/ investment
Understanding significance, explanation, or cause
Intelligence to acquire and apply knowledge and skills
Refinement — clarification through transformations

Personal/ Team Fulfilment

Personal/ Team Fulfilment™ — capability/ gratification
Mastery — comprehensive knowledge and/ or skills
Confidence — self-assurance (re: own abilities, qualities)
Satisfaction from achievement (e.g. wishes, expectations)
Recognition for 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™

Activity view: Competitive Advantage™ — dynamic autonomy

capability

Activity: Q  •  δ  •  Stance  •  Marks  •  Autonomy  •  Curiosity  •  Conduct  •  Tracks  •  Study  •  Undertakings  •  Workflows  •  L·SIG  •  Modes  •  Organics  •  Masterplan  •  Antipodes
Themes: Praxis  •  Cause  •  Empowerment  •  Science  •  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  •  Conditions  •  Thorough™ R&D  •  P3™/ CR™  •  Unity  •  Expertise  •  T·SIG  •  Value  •  Missions·A

Simulated Illustration

quotes (sim)
The sound of success

Professional Perfection™ — “The RBP™ made us realise some important hidden assumptions [understanding]. After a few versions of the RBP™ we could see clearly our aims, leverage points, and their links [refinement]. Working with diagrams, we learned to think in a more organised and much more efficient manner [intelligence].”

Personal/ Team Fulfilment™ — “In the RBP™ we managed to establish the missing relations among the SWOT points [mastery]. By simulating the alternative strategies in the DCD™ we made a confident decision [confidence]. Discovering intelligent solutions to difficult problems is always rewarding [satisfaction]. And since true ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking is rare and difficult, we received praise for our achievements [recognition].”

Organisational Advancement™ — “With the help of the CPD™ we made our operations more agile [fluid function]. With the DCD™ we streamlined our institutional strategy [streamlined structure]. And with the help of the CPD™ we re-shaped our departments and their communication channels [tuned form].”


Competitive Advantage

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

Base Skills™

primer
Primer
Be inquisitive and critical — ask ‘why?’ and ‘how?’
Be organised — master structure and method
Be meticulous — explain ‘with all the steps’
Be able to work conceptually and practically
action
Action
Be able to define a problem precisely
Be able to ‘see’ patterns and relationships
Be demanding to understand ‘how things work’
Be able to seek solutions creatively — beyond the obvious
acumen
Acumen
Be able to tell what is pertinent (and what is not) in each case
Be comfortable with assessment — know your references
Be clear about the decision-making model to use
Be bold enough to ‘stick to’ a decision
communication
Communication
Be aware of all the interested parties
Be receptive — ‘listen’ to everyone with attention
Be open about reasoning — draw all mental models
Be comfortable with all media — both classic and modern
Reference: Competences technical folio

Collective Teaching — παιδεία, αρετή

collective teaching

reflective guidance   training sessions 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 for reasons of socialisation, economy of scale (cf. mentoring), and/ or perhaps institutional prestige.

Insight Lectures

extension   Haute Culture Insight Lectures℠ are educational talks with perspectives of praxis (e.g. applications, experience) as well as abstraction (e.g. methodology, philosophy), where students are expected to relate their personal and/ or professional interests.



Reference: Teaching and Operations technical folio
Lectures Subjects Curricular Units  programmes Teaching Style Syllabi Reading

Theme view: Academic subjects

subjects

Activity: Q  •  δ  •  Stance  •  Marks  •  Autonomy  •  Curiosity  •  Conduct  •  Tracks  •  Study  •  Undertakings  •  Workflows  •  L·SIG  •  Modes  •  Organics  •  Masterplan  •  Antipodes
Themes: Praxis  •  Cause  •  Empowerment  •  Science  •  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  •  Conditions  •  Thorough™ R&D  •  P3™/ CR™  •  Unity  •  Expertise  •  T·SIG  •  Value  •  Missions·A

Teaching Style
Quality Standard

Teaching Style™
Quality
Active Learning

ActiveLearning™
Environment Class sessions
Intent Active student participation/ stakeholders
Roles Researchers, project managers, entrepreneurs

Live Revision

LiveRevision™
Environment Class sessions
Intent Interactive editorial assistance
Scope Report styling, text revision, technical illustrations

Case Project

CaseProject™
Environment Class sessions
Intent Student interest and engagement
Projects Focus 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

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  •  Commitment  •  Document editions  •  Copyright & licensing  •  Authors & readers  •  Software
Conduct: Enablers  •  Praxis prompts  •  Modelling prompts  •  Experimental wisdom  •  Blog  •  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  •  Holistic alumni  •  Class ethos  •  Student tips
Global: Sources  •  Goodwill  •  Screening  •  Activism  •  Metrics

Spring 2020

Autumn 2019

On Demand

Academic Mentoring℠ — παιδεία, αρετή

reflective guidance

collective teaching   training sessions Academic guidance in a reflective mode empowers the students in a profound and engaging way, and may be standalone tutoring or a complement to teamwork (e.g. collective teaching, workshops).

Academic Mentoring

distinctive marks   Haute Culture Academic mentoring™ ranges from accompaniment to class assignments to dissertation/ thesis supervision. The following lists provide starting points in complementary perspectives.



Reference: Operations technical folio
Mentoring Preparation Research  programmes Writing Live Funding Routines

Note

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  •  Commitment  •  Document editions  •  Copyright & licensing  •  Authors & readers  •  Software
Conduct: Enablers  •  Praxis prompts  •  Modelling prompts  •  Experimental wisdom  •  Blog  •  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  •  Holistic alumni  •  Class ethos  •  Student tips
Global: Sources  •  Goodwill  •  Screening  •  Activism  •  Metrics

Themes: Science

science layout

Activity: Q  •  δ  •  Stance  •  Marks  •  Autonomy  •  Curiosity  •  Conduct  •  Tracks  •  Study  •  Undertakings  •  Workflows  •  L·SIG  •  Modes  •  Organics  •  Masterplan  •  Antipodes
Themes: Praxis  •  Cause  •  Empowerment  •  Science  •  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  •  Conditions  •  Thorough™ R&D  •  P3™/ CR™  •  Unity  •  Expertise  •  T·SIG  •  Value  •  Missions·A

Preparation

Research

Writing

Live Resources

Deployment Suite — R&D/ Creative Processes

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: Studio modelling  •  Workshop modelling  •  R&D/ Creative processes  •  Document preparation  •  Web Media preparation  •  Software preparation

Deployment Routines — R&D/ Creative Processes

e·Book Writing
DevonAgent Pro article database MultiMarkdown Composer dictionary Scrivener
Books

research

draft

typesetting

proofreading

Article Writing
DevonAgent Pro article database MultiMarkdown Composer dictionary TexShop
PDF Expert

research

draft

typesetting

proofreading

Typeset Artwork Creation
DevonAgent Pro Concepts TexShop
PDF Expert Pixelmator Pro

research

draft

typesetting

proofreading

export

Deployment routines: Studio modelling  •  Workshop modelling  •  R&D/ Creative processes  •  Document preparation  •  Web Media preparation  •  Software preparation

Specialist Workshops℠ — παιδεία, αρετή

training sessions

initial conditions   technical ensembles 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™.

Specialist Workshops

extension   Haute Culture 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.



Reference: Packs technical folio
Workshops Prospectuses Events  events Testimonials Preparation Routines

Workshop Arrangements

masterclasses
Masterclass™ series
Systems School Ensemble:Advanced-level training+ (derivative)
Content:Combinations of X-ray Packs℠
Reference:SPM™/ SPML™
Units:6
X-ray packs
X-ray Pack™ series
Systems School Ensemble:Entry-level training+ (derivative)
Content:Combinations of methods and techniques
Reference:SPM™/ SPML™
Units:10
pro utilities
Pro Utility™ series
Systems School Ensemble:Custom artefacts (derivative)
Content:Maps and procedures
Reference:SPM™/ SPML™
Units:10+5
Reference: Packs technical folio

Workshop Preparation

Innovation Part 1: Technical Advance/ Manner
SF2 SPM SPML

SF2™
— vision —

SPM™
— methodology —

SPML™
— language —

Deployment Suite — Workshop Modelling

Application Genres
visual diagramming executive management LaTeX and TikZ

— visual diagramming —

— executive management —

— digital typesetting —

Deployment suites: Studio modelling  •  Workshop modelling  •  R&D/ Creative processes  •  Document preparation  •  Web Media preparation  •  Software preparation

Deployment Routines — Workshop Modelling

Prototype Modelling — H/W
hardware digital artwork
Affinity Photo

physical model

photograph

editing

Prototype Modelling — Digital
Concepts OmniGraffle TexShop
PDF Expert

draft model

exploration

typesetting

proofreading

Document-based Modelling — Digital
PDF Expert Concepts OmniGraffle TexShop
PDF Expert

original text

extracted model

exploration

typesetting

proofreading

Deployment routines: Studio modelling  •  Workshop modelling  •  R&D/ Creative processes  •  Document preparation  •  Web Media preparation  •  Software preparation

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 Impact Tracing Graphical Narrative

Strategy Board™
— positioning on an situation —

Impact Tracing™
— how 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 Impact Mitigation Decision Making

Indicators/ Indices™
— mastering systems —

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 Impact Maps Storytelling Maps Sapience Maps

Efficiency Maps™
— DCD with EFI —

Situation Maps™
— RBP with XPD —

Impact Maps™
— RBP/ DCD —

Storytelling Maps™
— RBP, CPD, DCD —

Sapience Maps™
— RBP with XPD —

Pro Utility™ Series — Procedures
Viewport Design Process Layout Graphic SWOT Plan Simulation EIA Light

Viewport Design™
— system management —

Process Layout™
— action–state sequencing —

Graphic SWOT™
— standing/ roadmapping —

Plan Simulation™
— scenario forecasting —

EIA Light™
— impact dynamics —

Reference: Packs technical folio

Theme view: Pro Utilities™

pro utilities

Activity: Q  •  δ  •  Stance  •  Marks  •  Autonomy  •  Curiosity  •  Conduct  •  Tracks  •  Study  •  Undertakings  •  Workflows  •  L·SIG  •  Modes  •  Organics  •  Masterplan  •  Antipodes
Themes: Praxis  •  Cause  •  Empowerment  •  Science  •  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  •  Conditions  •  Thorough™ R&D  •  P3™/ CR™  •  Unity  •  Expertise  •  T·SIG  •  Value  •  Missions·A

Cooperations

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

quotes
Testimonials

“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’.”

“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.”

“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.”

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™
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 relations 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™
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. public or private plans, policies, and strategies), helping to clarify and visualise the concerns, objectives, action, and outcomes as well as the relations between them. Simulation of proposed actions provides insights into efficiency.
Prospectus:Plan Workings™
Technical Folio:Packs
Pro Utility™
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 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™
‘Indicators in planning’Perdicoulis and Glasson, 2011
The ‘Application manual’Systems Planner, №2
The ‘Systems Thinking’ bookPerdicoulis, 2010

Impact Tracing™

Impact Tracing
Workshop
EIA Light   Impact Maps Description:Expresses graphically how the impacts are likely (or thought) to arise from the proposed action, and thus facilitates the construction, understanding, and verification of the causal argument in environmental impact statements in comparison to the classic text option.
Prospectus:Impact Tracing™
Technical Folio:Packs
Pro Utilities™
system   plan Impact Maps™— causal pathways from actions to impacts (RBP/ DCD)
EIA Light™— EIA argumentation with 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
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)
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

Impact Mitigation™

Impact Mitigation
Masterclass
Impact Tracing   Reverse Blueprints Description:Training to conceive 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: Impact Tracing™ [how 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

continual education Being holistic in its essence, Systems Planning℠ goes to great lengths to build culture beneath technique™ by bringing together the very abstract of human intellect and the finest of the arts, such as speaking and writing.

Scholarly Clubs

extension   Haute Culture The Scholarly Clubs℠ of Systems Planning℠ extend, reinforce, and integrate human competences of all tiers through enjoyable thematic events, often with a social character.




Reference: Clubs technical folio
Scholarly Folio Agendas Events  events Cooperations
Scholarly Clubs℠
The Classics Club The Drawing Club The Typography Club The Writing Club The Speech Club

The Classics Club™

The Drawing Club™

The Typography Club™

The Writing Club™

The Speech Club™

Cooperations

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
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: Stakeholder domains  •  Youthful Minds™  •  Cooperative Development™

Events — Scholarly Clubs℠
events Forthcoming
Club Events
Seasonal
Club Events
Past
Club Events
Deployment
Suite

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

Club Event Preparation

Resources
holistic hub reading deployment

Holistic Hub
— spirit —

Reading Lists
— sources —

Deployment
— praxis —

Forthcoming Club Events

Seasonal Club Events

Past Club Events

The Classics Club℠

The Classics Club
Haute Culture ReferenceClubs technical folio
AgendaClassics
Contact A. Perdicoulis
Editions
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 study method — A. Perdicoulis, 2014
Sources (selection)
reading Aristotle, Metaphysics
Aristotle, Categories
Aristotle, Ethics
Aristotle, Politics
Aristotle, The Athenian Constitution
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
hardware   digital artwork   OmniGraffle   LaTeX and TikZ   executive management   Graphviz ReferenceClubs technical folio
AgendaDrawing
Contact A. Perdicoulis
Editions
Kites 2017: design and construction— UTAD Junior
Kites 2016: design and construction— UTAD Junior
Seasonal Club Events
Technical illustration for engineering projects
External references
deployment Graphviz— gallery/ examples
Texample.net— TikZ examples
TeX StackExchange— TeX Q&A
Concepts— drawing tutorials

The Typography Club℠

The Typography Club
LaTeX and TikZ   DTP   HTML and CSS   MD   ebooks ReferenceClubs technical folio
AgendaTypography
Contact A. Perdicoulis
Seasonal Club Events
Report styling for engineering projects
External references
deployment 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 Writing Club℠

The Writing Club
Graphical Narrative ReferenceClubs technical folio
AgendaWriting
Contact A. Perdicoulis
Seasonal Club Events
Text revision for engineering projects
Lab journals
reading ETYMOS concept lab
Technical folios
Invention
Reports
Assessment
References
Practicum
Search
Cataloguing
Ailments
Science

The Speech Club℠

The Speech Club
Graphical Narrative ReferenceClubs technical folio
AgendaSpeech
Contact A. Perdicoulis
Editions
TBA
Technical folios
reading Invention
Reports
Assessment
References
Practicum
Ailments
Science

Study Resources — γνώση, παιδεία

reading lists

Haute Culture Systems Planning℠ compiles a 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.


Reference: Operations technical folio
Reading Lists 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  •  Commitment  •  Document editions  •  Copyright & licensing  •  Authors & readers  •  Software
Conduct: Enablers  •  Praxis prompts  •  Modelling prompts  •  Experimental wisdom  •  Blog  •  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  •  Holistic alumni  •  Class ethos  •  Student tips
Global: Sources  •  Goodwill  •  Screening  •  Activism  •  Metrics

Streaming Resources

webcast video 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).

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

ISBN: 978-1-84980-384-7 (HB)
Building Competences book
Routledge 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)
Furthering EIA book
Edward Elgar 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)
Academic Life
Perdicoulis Publishing Perdicoulis, A. (2013) Academic Life. Perdicoulis Publishing: Book Division, Scholarly Essay Series.
Project Management
Perdicoulis Publishing Perdicoulis, A. (2015) Project Management. Perdicoulis Publishing: Book Division, Praxis Primer Series.
Research Communication
Perdicoulis Publishing Perdicoulis, A. (2015) Research Communication. Perdicoulis Publishing: Book Division, Advanced Companion Series.
Organisation Governance
Perdicoulis Publishing Perdicoulis, A. (2016) Organisation Governance. Perdicoulis Publishing: Book Division, Advanced Companion Series.

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

Listing (L→R): Journal; Publisher

Extension I: ‘ISI’

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Listing (L→R): Journal; Publisher

Extension II: non-‘ISI’ A

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Listing (L→R): Journal; Publisher

Extension III: non-‘ISI’ B

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

Abstracting and Indexing (A&I)

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Rating and Ranking (R&R)

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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 for 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]

EU Directives

ISO Norms