System Dynamics Modelling – Intermediate Course

Why this course: This course is aimed at helping modelers gain a working knowledge of making system dynamics models of real world complicated systems. It would allow them to go beyond making simple theoretical models and gain proficiency in modelling real world systems, using STELLA Architect software. At the end of the course the participants would be able to create two stock models, model ageing chains, capture time delays, make impact functions (graphical inputs) and use some built in functions to mimic real world systems.


The participants must have a basic knowledge of stocks, flows, feedback loops and single stock models. They must have experience of creating models using simulation softwares.

If you want to learn basics of system dynamics modelling, then please register for the next cohort of Fundamentals of System Dynamics Modelling. You can contact us at 

Course Summary: This is an immersive three-week course for those who are looking to gain working knowledge of system dynamics modelling and learn how to model real world systems.  The course is focused on getting the participants to learn the method and make models (individually and as a group). Participants will undergo an iterative learning process – learn, apply, revise, learn, apply and will make 5-7 system dynamics simulation models during the course, using the STELLA software (workshop license). They will be given weekly assignments which they need to submit online. There will also be quizzes to summarize the learning. There will be one live session each week, and a total of three contact sessions over three weeks totalling up to 10 hours. Participants are expected to put in 1.5 hours for peer-learning and 2-3 hours of self-learning time every week for completing the assignments and readings, in addition to the live sessions.

The participants will get a certificate of completion on submission of all assignments. We will use Google Classrooms to host the course and Zoom for the live classes. This will be a synchronous online course, with participants expected to attend the lectures live and complete the assignments every week.

Mode of Delivery: Online (Synchronous, Live)

Course Duration:  3 weeks

Course Timing: 3 Hours Live Classes on Thursdays from 6.30 -9:30 PM, Indian Standard Time (IST)
1.5 hours of group modelling on Mondays 7:30 – 9:00 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) (peer-learning)

Course Dates: 26th May- 16th June 2022

Cohort Size: Maximum of 10 Participants

Course Objectives:

  1. To get participants gain working knowledge of system dynamics modelling
  2. To get participants to learn how to capture real world complexities in their models
  3. To demonstrate real world applications of system dynamics modelling

Course Fee:
Indian Participants – INR 25,000 (Inclusive of Taxes)
International Participants – USD 330 (Inclusive of Taxes)

Course Plan 

Session 1
1.1 Course Overview
1.2 Refresher on System Dynamics
1.3 QnA & Weekly Assignment

Session 2
2.1 Endogenous Point of View in Systems
2.2 Modeling Single Stock System
2.3 Modeling an Ageing Chain & using Built in Functions
2.5 QnA & Weekly Assignment

Session 3
3.1 Discussion on Weekly Assignment
3.2 Developing a Two Stock Model
3.3 Developing & Interpreting Scenarios from the Model
3.4 Theory Session- Steps in Modelling Process
3.5 QnA & Weekly Assignment

Session 4
4.1 Assignment Review
4.2 Modelling a Business Case
4.3 Developing Sustainability Scenarios from the Model
4.4 Real World Applications
4.5 Closing

In addition to the live classes, group modelling sessions will take place on Mondays for 1.5 hours. These will be peer-led sessions aimed at practicing modelling in groups and peer-learning.

Refund Policy: Refund Policy is as follows:

  • Full Refund (excluding transaction costs) 1 week before start of course