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Unit information: Systems Engineering in 2015/16

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Unit name Systems Engineering
Unit code CENGM0016
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Theo Tryfonas
Open unit status Not open

Professional development content of an accredited engineering degree or equivalent



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is the first taught element in the EngD in Systems and introduces the student to the basics of traditional “hard” systems engineering with a product-based emphasis. In addition, wider aspects are introduced to highlight that the material is a starting point rather than a complete coverage of Systems Engineering. Students will be of high graduate standard so that although the topic is new to them they will be learning at Masters level.

Intended Learning Outcomes

To provide an introduction to Systems Engineering and relate it to the student’s industrial background On successful completion of the unit the student will: • possess an elementary and mostly qualitative knowledge of systems engineering theory, modelling and simulation techniques and industrial conventions and practice; • have an increased practical understanding and some experience in implementing the requirements generation and other key lifecycle processes, such as trade studies; • have an awareness of and ability to evaluate a wider range of systems engineering concepts beyond the scope of the unit material; • have developed further skills in writing technical engineering documentation.

Teaching Information

Lectures, group workshops, practical sessions

Assessment Information

• In-class test, administered on-line via the Virtual Learning Environment Blackboard (10%) • Coursework, in the form of an individual essay related to some aspect of the unit’s material and activities (90%, word count ~ 2500)

Reading and References

1. "Systems Engineering and Analysis" by Blanchard and Fabrycky (latest edition), 2. “Introduction to Systems Engineering” by Sage and Armstrong (latest edition), 3. NASA (2007), Systems Engineering Handbook, NASA/SP-2007-6105 Rev1, Online:, last accessed 13 March 2011. 4. Systems Engineering Fundamentals. Defense Acquisition University Press, 2001 5. INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, Version 3.1 (2007)