Complexity Thinking (CT-M1)

Complexity Thinking (CT-M1)


Description of Course

This Complexity Thinking (CT-M1) master’s course is the first in a series of five master-level courses. This course is designed to introduce participants to the concept of complexity. This course will also differentiate between reductionism and connectivism, open and closed systems, and between systems and complexity thinking. Complex adaptive systems will be introduced along with the eight characteristics of complex adaptive systems. Sensemaking and weak signal detection techniques will be introduced.

Duration of Training

The Complexity Thinking Masters Course (CT-M1) requires 16 hours of training and can be taken as a two-day in-person training session, an online live virtual class, or as an asynchronous self-paced online training using The Flow System’s learning management system (LMS). This course can be taught publicly or privately to any organization.

Participants must complete the training before receiving a code allowing them to take the Complexity Thinking (CT-M1) assessment for accreditation. The fee for the assessment is included in the course fee for training attendees.

At the master’s level, participants will demonstrate an ability to apply the new knowledge and complete an online assessment. The master’s level courses’ application portion will be reviewed by peers and industry experts in their chosen field.

Participants who attend the training will have two attempts at the Complexity Thinking (CT-M1) assessment. Participants who wish to forgo the training and jump straight to the assessment may do so but must first buy a code and will only have one attempt as opposed to two for people taking the training. You can buy a code below by clicking ‘Take Assessment.’

Objectives of Course

This course is structured for participants to achieve the following objectives:

  • Describe what complexity is.
  • Describe the different types of problems.
  • Differentiate between complicated, complex, and wicked problems.
  • Describe the processes for addressing wicked problems.
  • Describe the differences between reductionism and connectivism.
  • Define sensemaking and describe when it should be applied.
  • Explain the processes for practicing sensemaking.
  • Differentiate between open and closed systems.
  • Differentiate between systems and complexity thinking.
  • Describe the steps for complexity thinking.
  • Define complex adaptive systems.
  • Describe the eight characteristics of complex adaptive systems.

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