Consider a desert as a system. Answer the following questions. Wherever possible you should try drawing a picture.
a) What is your definition of a desert as a system? State your definition.
b) What is within its boundary?
c) What is in its environment?
d) Provide examples of three possible sub-systems that it might contain?
e) What feedback mechanisms are there?
For one of your sub-systems in question 1d produce a CATWOE and a Root Definition.
What is meant by the Holistic and Reductionist views of systems? In your answer you should provide a detailed example of both approaches and consider the differing circumstances under which the approaches are likely to lead to solutions to complex problems.
A whole systems approach is considered to have ten (10) elements according to Peter Stasinopoulos et al (2009). With reference to these ten elements produce a design for a large scale server farm.
Stasinopoulos P et al 2009 Whole system Design Earthscan ISBN 978-1-84407-642-0 chapters 4 and 5