CSC-30023 - Evolution of Complex Systems
Coordinator: Peter E Andras Tel: +44 1782 7 33412
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733075

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

The module provides an information centric overview of complex systems and their evolution. It covers a wide range of systems, including biological, social and technological systems. In all cases a systematic approach is applied to analyse how the system is built-up from communications and how it changes and evolves under pressures from its environment.
The module contributes to the development of the following Keele Graduate Attributes:
1. An open and questioning approach to ideas, demonstrating curiosity, independence of thought and the ability to appreciate a range of perspectives on the natural and social worlds;
2. An appreciation of the development and value of your chosen subjects of study, awareness of their contexts, the links between them, and awareness of the provisional and dynamic nature of knowledge;
5. An appreciation of the social, environmental and global implications of your studies and other activities, including recognition of any ethical implications;
6. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written and verbal forms for different purposes and to a variety of audiences;
10. The flexibility to thrive in rapidly changing and uncertain external environments and to update skills and knowledge as circumstances require.

To study the evolution of complex systems, including biological, social and technological systems from an information and information-processing oriented perspective.

Intended Learning Outcomes

systematically analyse examples of complex biological, social and technological systems; will be achieved by assessments: 1 & 2
identify, analyse and evaluate the role of information, information processing and information flow in complex biological, social and technological systems; will be achieved by assessments: 1 & 2
analyse the information-centric organisation of complex biological, social and technological systems; will be achieved by assessments: 1
assess and compare the key similarities and differences of multiple complex biological social technological systems. will be achieved by assessments: 2

Study hours

10 hours lectures;
10 hours tutorials;
2 hours exam;
128 hours independent study.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Coursework weighted 40%
Essay coursework
The coursework will require the analysis of a biological or social system from the perspective of information processing aspects of the system. Word count: approximately 2000 words.

2: Exam weighted 60%
2 hour exam covering all aspects of the module
The exam will have three questions and the student will have to answer two questions, one being a compulsory question.