System Dynamics

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 1 Instructions and Tutorial

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

Additional resources:

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.

Software:

STELLA

Vensim

Simile

PowerSim

NetLogo