Welcome to the Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling 1-day workshop (December 9-10, 2013) at the UNC Odum Institute for Research in the Social Sciences!
Here you will find the Syllabus for the course: Syllabus
Presentations for this workshop: UNC 2013 System Dynamics Modeling Introduction
Unit reviews and exponential/logistic concepts: Ford (2009) Appendices A and B
Lab 2 Instructions
In this class, we will use system dynamics modeling software to graphically represent complex feedback systems. You’ll find a tutorial for accessing STELLA 9 on UNC’s Virtual Computing Laboratory here: VCL STELLA Tutorial
Step-by-step STELLA tutorial from isee systems: STELLA tutorial
Vensim PLE (Personal Learning Edition) is another sophisticated dynamic modeling package that is freely available online. It is not compatible with STELLA and has a sharper learning curve, but it can perform many of the same (and additional) functions. Vensim Personal Learning Edition (PLE) download: Vensim Free Download
The system dynamics ‘bible’: Sterman, J. D. Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World. Boston, MA: Irwin McGraw-Hill.
The latest version of the System Dynamics bibliography contains almost 10,000 SD-related references: SDS Bibliography
System Dynamics in Education Project: SD roadmaps
Academic and professional association: System Dynamics Society
Major journal in the field: System Dynamics Review
Book that most of my presentations are based on: Andrew Ford. 2009. Modeling the Environment: An Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling of Environmental Systems (2nd Edition). Washington, D.C.: Island Press.
Deaton, Michael and James Winebrake. 2000. Dynamic Modeling of Environmental Systems. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
New and very useful text for Agent-Based Modeling using NetLogo (Also an excellent resource for learning more about NetLogo): Railsback, S.F. and Grimm, V., 2012. Agent-Based and Individual-Based Modeling: A Practical Introduction. Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ.
Some reading for Day 2:
Sterman, J. D. (1991). A Skeptic’s Guide to Computer Models. In Barney, G. O. et al. (eds.), Managing a Nation: The Microcomputer Software Catalog. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 209- 229.
Deaton, Michael and James Winebrake. 2000. Dynamic Modeling of Environmental Systems. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag. Chapter 1: Overview of Environmental Systems and Chapter 2: Basic Modeling Concepts in Environmental Systems. Pgs 1-65.
Collins, John F. 1974. Chapter 1: Managing Our Cities – Can We Do Better? In: Readings in Urban Dynamics: Volume 1. Edited by Nathaniel Mass. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Pgs 3-11.
Schroeder III, Walter W. Chapter 3: Urban Management Actions. In: Readings in Urban Dynamics: Volume 2. Edited by Walter W. Schroeder III, Robert E. Sweeney, and Louis Edward Alfeld. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Pgs. 31-48
Sterman, J. D. Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World. Boston, MA: Irwin McGraw-Hill. Chapter 5: Causal Loop Diagrams. Pgs. 137-190.
John D. Sterman. 2006. Learning from Evidence in a Complex World. American Journal of Public Health 96(3): 505-514.