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Introduction to Systems Engineering

Course Summary

Learn how the discipline of systems engineering can lead to the successful development of complex systems.


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    Course Syllabus

    Week One: We begin by addressing the nature of systems and the concept of a system life cycle.

    Week Two: We describe the discipline of systems engineering and outline its relevance and benefits.

    Week Three: We examine the needs and requirements views developed by business management, business operations, and systems designers.

    Week Four: We explore requirements engineering and the processes by which requirements are elicited and defined formally.

    Week Five: We examine Conceptual Design, in which we define business needs and requirements as well as stakeholder needs and requirements.

    Week Six: We investigate Preliminary Design, in which logical design is translated into physical design and detailed design.

    Week Seven: We investigate Construction, Production (in which we complete the design of individual system elements that are then constructed/produced), Utilisation and Disposal of the system.

    Week Eight: We discuss the need for control and balance in the management of systems engineering activities, and we identify the relationship between systems engineering and the related disciplines of project management, software engineering, and integrated logistic support.

    Week Nine: Course wrap-up.

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    Recommended Background

    No particular background is required. All are welcome.

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    Course Format

    The course is divided into eight modules, over nine weeks. Each module typically consists of one or two video lectures, a small number of associated readings, a quiz, and a series of exercises that support the material covered in the week. At the end of the course you will be requested to peer-review selected exercises of a number of other students.

     

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    Suggested Reading

    Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained, we recommend (but do not require) that students refer to our textbook—R.I. Faulconbridge and M.J. Ryan, “Systems Engineering Practice”, Argos Press, Canberra, 2014. 


Course Fee:
Free

Course Type:

Self-Study

Course Status:

Active

Workload:

1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Project & Service Management and Quality Assurance & Testing Community

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