* * * * NOTE: The starting date is Monday 14.3. * * * *
This course is built on the basis of patterns. A pattern is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design. One may even claim that pattern is the basic unit of understanding. Thus, a skillful person is able to, first, distinguish a lot of patterns and, secondly, utilize them in an effective way. The objective of the course is to develop those skills.
In the first part of the course I will introduce the following patterns (see Materials-section for a brief intro to these patterns):
1) The World of Mental Model
2) The Unbearable Automaticity of Being
3) The Default Mode of Mind
4) Bad is stronger than good
5) Fundamental Attribution Error
6) The Curse of Metrics
7) Prisoner's Dilemma
8) Mixed Strategy
9) Long Tail
10) The Butterfly Effect
11) The Silo Effect
13) Beer Game
The idea is
that after the course every students
remembers all the patterns and is able
to describe the fundamental characteristics of them. The names of the patterns are selected in a way that supposedly supports
the memorizing of the patterns (at the same time, I try to use well-known
In this first part of the course we try understand 1) the basic nature of each pattern, 2) the reasons behind the pattern, 3) practical consequences and problems created by the pattern. Moreover, (at least in some cases) we try to find ways to solve or alleviate the problems induced by the pattern. My plan is complete this part during the first two weeks (but maybe we need to use part of the third week for the introduction of the patterns). In practice, that means that students shall read the material about the patterns to be discussed on a lecture before the lecture.
In the second part of the course, we seek patterns from real cases. Cases are often but not always related to communications technology or ecosystems. This part contains group works. The details of the group works will be defined later.
The main course material is K. Kilkki, An Introduction to Communications Ecosystems, available at kilkki.net/books. Unfortunately, the book does not address all patterns (particularly patterns 3, 5 and 12 are not discussed in the book because of the simple reason that I was not really aware of them when writing the book). In those cases, some additional course material will be defined.Note also that the set of patterns listed above is tentative - one goal of this first version of the course is to assess the usefulness of the selected patterns and to identify a couple new patters to be used in forthcoming courses. While the specific goal of the course is to teach the fourteen patterns, the even more important, meta-level goal is to develop your general pattern-recognition skills.