15.879 | Spring 2014 | Graduate

Research Seminar in System Dynamics

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Course Overview

This page focuses on the course 15.879 Research Seminar in System Dynamics as it was taught by Professor Hazhir Rahmandad in Spring 2014.

The course covered classic works in dynamic modeling from various disciplines and current research problems and papers.

Course Outcomes

Course Goals for Students

Students critiqued theories and models, often including replication, testing, and improvement of various models.

Curriculum Information


15.872 System Dynamics II and permission of instructor

Requirements Satisfied

  • H-Level Graduate Credit
  • This course can be repeated for credit.


Every spring semester


The students’ grades were based on the following activities:

  • 18% Class participation and classroom exercises
  • 45% Project
  • 17% Tutorial
  • 15% Team member assessment
  • 5% Tutorial and project review

Student Information


About 20 students

Breakdown by Year

Master’s and Doctoral students

Breakdown by Major

Mainly students in the MIT Sloan School of Management and in the School of Engineering, including students in System Design & Management and the Engineering Systems Division. A few students from other fields, such as Architecture, and graduate students cross-registered in other schools or in industries also participated.

Typical Student Background

Students are required to have some background in system dynamics, and usually have specific interest in applying dynamic models and systems thinking to their own work.

How Student Time Was Spent

During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:

In Class

Met 1 time per week for 3 hours per session; mandatory attendance

Out of Class

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2014
Learning Resource Types
Tutorial Videos
Written Assignments
Media Assignments with Examples
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