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Sociotechnical systems

Videos are available on YouTube and for download to your own computer. For the moment, downloads are limited to students and staff from St Andrews University but the intention is to make downloads publicly available in the near future.

Introducing socio-technical systems (video (YouTube), video (download), slides)
This video explains what is meant by a sociotechnical system and why a sociotechnical perspective is essential when considering system dependability.

Emergent properties of socio-technical systems (video (YouTube) video (download), slides)
This video discusses the notion of emergence and the importance of emergent properties in sociotechnical systems.

Success and failure (video(YouTube) video (download), slides)
This video explains why system success and failure are subjective when the operation of a system is examined from a sociotechnical perspective.

Reading

Software Engineering, 9th edition, Chapter 10. Ian Sommerville, Addison-Wesley (website)

This is a wide-ranging collection of papers on all aspects of sociotechnical systems. There is a specific introductory section on sociotechnical systems and a more detailed accompanying paper that discusses the history of sociotechnical systems design methods.

More slides on a range of sociotechnnical systems topics are available at my LSCITS course web pages on this topic.
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