BCT1306  SYSTEMS AND SYSTEMS THEORY.

UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2018/2019
EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
BCT1306 SYSTEMS AND SYSTEMS THEORY
FULL TIME/PART TIME
DATE: DECEMBER, 2018 TIME: 2 HOURS
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Question One & ANY OTHER TWO questions.

QUESTION ONE
a) Identify the characteristics of a system (5 Marks)
b) Using system theory explain why a corruption is a complex vice in Kenya (6 Marks)
c) Explain the term systems modeling and give suitable examples (3 Marks)
d) Define a boundary as used in system theory given an example of such in business firm
(3 Marks)
e) Highlight the contributions of Ludwig von Bertalanffy in systems theory (5 Marks)
f) Justify why a business is a system? (4 Marks)
g) Distinguish between Equilibrium and Equifinality giving suitable examples (4 Marks)
QUESTION TWO
a) Discuss why a Dinosaurs and Doodoos are extinct, using systems theory (5 Marks)
b) Why is systems thinking appropriate in problem solving in organisations (5 Marks)
c) Explain the following terms (10 Marks)
i) Symbiosis
ii) Coupling
iii) Filtering
iv) Holism
v) Cybernetic system
QUESTION THREE
a) Identify the essential components in a feedback and controls system and explain their
functions (12 Marks)
b) Designing of a user interface in computer systems is essential. (8 Marks)
QUESTION FOUR
a) Universities must establish industry linkages to remain relevant Give reasons for this
argument (6 Marks)
b) Why should there be coupling between ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT systems and INPATIENTS DEPARTMENT in a hospital? (8 Marks)
c) Explain how a burglar alarm system works by using your knowledge of systems theory
(6 Marks)
QUESTION FIVE
a) Distinguish between organic and in-organic system (4 Marks)
b) Describe the Just in TIME(JIT) system from the system theory perspective
(4 Marks)
c) Joblessness among the youth is a simmering problem in society. With your knowledge of
systems theory how can you address the problem? (12 Marks)

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