AIP 97/197

AIP 97/197. Complex Systems Research Methods for a Changing Planet: QI Learning Academy

Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 | 4 Units per Quarter
Online Instruction & Research Project Internship
Tuesday/Thursday | 5:00 PM – 6:20 PM | Online

Jointly Taught by Multiple Faculty Members Affiliated with the Qualcomm Institute

Many of the problems facing the world today are embedded in complex systems.  The multiple interacting components of complex systems make studying these problems challenging.  Students participating in this blend coursework and research program will engage in coursework to learn the theory and skills needed to apply to a research question under the supervision of faculty affiliated with the Qualcomm Institute.  Students will work on different research questions in interdisciplinary teams throughout this two quarter internship experience. The research projects will be thematically related to the “Changing Planet” theme, on diverse topics including but not limited to autonomous vehicles,  San Diego city data, availability of potable water, and visualizations of different models of future climate predictions. At the end of the internship, we expect students to have improved their understanding of how to approach a complex problem, how to conduct a literature search and write a critical review, and how to analyze data related to their particular research problem, as well as organizing and analyzing data more generally.  This is the program for you if you are someone who is academically curious, deeply inquisitive, and independently motivated to succeed.

Prerequisites for AIP 97: thirty units completed; 3.0 minimum GPA.
Prerequisites for AIP 197: ninety units completed; 2.5 mimimum GPA.

AIP 97/197. Complex Systems Research Methods for a Changing Planet: QI Learning Academy has two components: (1) Online Instruction and (2) Faculty-Led Research Project Internship:

(1) Online Instruction

Students are required to attend online session every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 PM to 6:20 PM.

Computer lab: Students can log-on from their personal computer or from the reserved iMac lab: WLH 2015. If using the lab, please remember to bring your own headphones/earphones with mic. Those with a regular jack to plug in to the iMacs are recommended. For additional lab hours see: Note: The lab is not available Thursday, November 21st. If needed, please contact Prof. Leanne Chukoskie in advance for a laptop rental that week.

Schedule of Topics

  • Unit 1: Critical Thinking and Writing
    • Session 1.1: Creative and Critical Thinking
    • Session 1.2: Critical Reading
    • Session 2.2: Developing a Thesis
    • Session 2.2: Finding and Presenting Evidence
    • Session 3.1: Using Evidence
    • Session 3.2: Organizing Evidence
    • Session 4.1: Synthesis: Critical Writing for Your Audience
  • Unit 2: Problem Solving
    • Session 4.2: Characterizing Problems
    • Session 5.1: Identifying Gaps and Constraints
    • Session 5.2: Synthesis: Analyzing Problems
    • Session 6.1: Creative Thinking I: Analogies
    • Session 6.2: Creative Thinking II: Heuristics
    • Session 7.1: Problem Solving Synthesis
  • Unit 3: Complex Systems
    • Session 7.2: Systems Analysis I: Multiple Agents
    • Session 8.1: Systems Analysis II: Levels of Analysis
    • Session 8.2: Emergent Properties
    • Session 9.1: Emergence and Complexity
    • Session 9.2: Complex Systems Analyses
    • Session 10.1: Agent-Based Modeling
    • Session 10.2: Course Synthesis
(2) Faculty-Led Research Project Internship

The offering is part collaborative field work under the supervision of faculty affiliated with Qualcomm Institute. Students will rank projects by preference and will be assigned to a team in the first few weeks of Fall Quarter.

List of Potential Research Projects:

  • Smart City Project
  • Airport Project
  • Fiscal Democracy Project
  • ACCCHI – Data Visualization Project
  • Autonomous Truck Fleet Data Analysis Project
  • TBA

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