Read the following case study then answer the questions. The case study is fictitious.
Walvis Bay Yacht Club (WBYC) is a private yacht club which has a sailing school attached to it. The school is used by the Navy to train its personnel in basic seamanship and sailing. Members of the public can attend these courses.. To do this it has a fleet of 6 sailing catamarans capable of sleeping eight students and three staff for short courses at sea. It also has ten Laser sailing craft for racing and training. It has land based classrooms and hostel dormitories since the students are predominately naval recruits. The WBYC is privately owned and administered and provides services to the Namibian and Angolan navies as well as to civilian club members. The WYBC reports to the Namibian Naval Authority, the Namibian Yachting Association and the Namibian Education Authority. Indirectly it reports to the Angolan Admiralty via the Namibian Naval Authority. The WBYC is managed by an executive board which has roles such as Commodore (chief executive), finance director; education director and Training director, there are also two representatives from the Navy.
The WBYC has ten hostel rooms each with 8 beds; it operates a canteen and restaurant and has a Facilities Manageress and a sick bay. The sick bay has six beds.
The WBYC provides a full range of maritime educational services and has sports facilities. It also holds yacht races under the auspices of the Namibian Yachting Association.
The WBYC has a restaurant for course attendees and civilian club members.
There are various groups of staff employed by the WBYC. These are; department heads (one for sea based training and one for shore based), teachers, a nurse, cleaners, and catering. There is also crew and maintenance staff for the boats.
The budget for the WYBC is allocated by the Navy directly to the School for its recruits and by course fees and club membership fees for the civilian members. To stand still and to continue providing the existing services the WBYC budget needs to increase by 3% per annum, the drivers for this continual increase are the increase in the number of Naval recruits requiring update training and the cost of new sailing equipment and maintenance. The Navy has instructed the WBYC to maintain a constant budget for the next three years in relationship to the contract with them.
The Navy also sets the WBYC targets in many areas which are measured and reported upon. Examples of these targets are: types of course and content compliance, new recruits should finish induction and safety training in two weeks, waiting times for test and examination results should be no longer than four weeks.
The WBYC has relationships with a number of suppliers of boats, associated chandlery, books, education equipment and staffing agencies who provide crews at short notice.
The WYBC also has links and relationships with a number of community and charitable agencies.
Identify and briefly describe the purpose of three possible systems of interest to you from within the WBYC case study. These systems should be internal to the WBYC boundary. E.g. they do NOT include general organisations such as the Navy. In other words, your chosen systems are, in turn, sub-systems of the WBYC system. For two systems from the three identified describe the system components â€“ input/output, transformation, feedback, boundary, environment, hierarchy. Use a diagram to provide a visual model of your system.
For the third system of interest described in question 1 produce a CATWOE and a Root Definition.
Identify the possible stakeholders and stakeholder groups for the WBYC. For each stakeholder/stakeholder group identified state their possible perspective.
Models play an important part in systemic (note the word systemic) analysis. Discuss their strengths and weaknesses. To answer this question, you should begin by addressing the types of model available and applicable to systems.
Read the paper by Jotin Khisty, Soft Systems Methodology as learning and management tool, available from; http://www.business.unr.edu/faculty/kuechler/788/softsysaslearningandmgttool.pdf. It is also available directly from below this assignment in the module front page.
Use the paper to answer the following: Is a soft system methodology applicable to a Maritime training establishmentâ€™s development and planning? To answer the question you will need to compare the statements in the paper with respect to Urban planning and Transportation and determine if they hold true for the WYBC establishment development and planning area.