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Approx. 31 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-5 hours/week...
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Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Course Welcome & Module 1 (Introduction to Systems and System Life Cycle)

Welcome to 'Introduction to Systems Engineering'! To help you in getting started with this course, we have a course introduction video that will provide you with an overview of the course syllabus.We then begin the course with this introductory module in which we address the nature of systems and the concept of a system life cycle. We identify what is meant when we say that something is a system and we narrow down the very broad definitions to focus on the human-made or modified systems that are our focus in systems engineering. We then look at the broad phases and activities that a system moves through during its life cycle, from early identification of the need for the system, exploration of options, functional design, physical design, detailed design and development, construction and production, utilization and support and then, finally, retirement. To provide greater detail for this module, we recommend (but do not require) that students refer to pages 1-19 of our textbook "Systems Engineering Practice"--see reading on Course Notes and Text Books....
Reading
11 videos (Total 69 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
Module 1 Introductionm
Part 17m
Part 25m
Part 34m
Part 45m
Part 18m
Part 210m
Systems Engineering Module 1 Summary (Outro)m
FEEDBACK: Module 1 Exercises 1 & 29m
FEEDBACK: Module 1 Extension Exercise5m
Reading6 readings
Course Notes and Text Books10m
Getting Started10m
Your Instructor and Tutors10m
Other Useful Resources10m
Module 1 Exercises 1 and 2 Questions10m
Module 1 Extension Exercise - Question10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz 30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Systems Engineering and its Relevance and Benefits

In this module, we describe the discipline of systems engineering and outline its relevance and benefits. We introduce what we mean by the ‘systems engineering’ and provide a framework within which we can consider the major processes, activities, and artefacts throughout the remainder of the course. In doing so, it will have become evident to you that the systems engineering approach has a number of advantages, so we then examine in a little more detail the relevance and benefits of systems engineering.To provide greater detail for this module, we recommend (but do not require) that students refer to pages 19-31 of our textbook "Systems Engineering Practice"--see reading on Course Notes and Text Books....
Reading
9 videos (Total 63 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Part 15m
Part 28m
Part 15m
Part 28m
Systems Engineering Module 2 Summary (Outro)m
FEEDBACK: Module 2 Exercise 114m
FEEDBACK: Module 2 Exercise 29m
FEEDBACK: Module 2 Extension Exercise9m
Reading2 readings
Module 2 Exercises 1 and 2 Questions10m
Module 2 Extension Exercise - Question10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz 20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Needs and Requirements

Before we look at the various systems engineering activities in more detail in forthcoming modules, in this module we look at what we mean when we refer to the ‘needs’ and ‘requirements’ for a system. We examine the needs and requirements views developed by business management, business operations, and systems designers. We will also consider in this module how we might go about developing a set of requirements—we call that process ‘requirements engineering’. To provide greater detail for this module, we recommend (but do not require) that students refer to pages 43-54 of our textbook "Systems Engineering Practice"--see reading on Course Notes and Text Books....
Reading
8 videos (Total 60 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Module 3 Part 17m
Module 3 Part 211m
Module 3 Part 313m
Systems Engineering Module 3 Summary (Outro)m
FEEDBACK: Module 3 Exercise 17m
FEEDBACK: Module 3 Exercise 29m
FEEDBACK: Module 3 Extension Exercise8m
Reading2 readings
Module 3 Exercise 1 & 2 Questions10m
Module 3 Extension Exercise - Question10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz 30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Requirements Elicitation and Elaboration

In this module, we explore requirements engineering and the processes by which requirements are elicited and defined formally through a process called elaboration (which involves derivation and decomposition of lower-level requirements from their parent requirements). We also look in this module at some simple requirements engineering tools and illustrate how they might be useful to you. Finally, we examine the notion of traceability, which ensures that we know where each requirement comes from, what requirements are related to it, and what requirements were derived from it. At the end of this module, you should be prepared to attempt the mid-course exam. To provide greater detail for this module, we recommend (but do not require) that students refer to pages 54-73 of our textbook "Systems Engineering Practice"--see reading on Course Notes and Text Books....
Reading
7 videos (Total 39 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
Video7 videos
Module 4 Part 18m
Module 4 Part 29m
Systems Engineering Module 4 Summary (Outro)m
FEEDBACK: Module 4 Exercise 16m
FEEDBACK: Module 4 Exercise 28m
FEEDBACK: Module 4 Extension Exercise4m
Reading3 readings
Module 4 Exercises 1 & 2 Questions10m
Module 4 Extension Exercise Question10m
Practice Exam Instructions10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Module 4 Quiz 20m
Practice Exam20m
Mid-Course Exam - (Modules 1 -4)m
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By NNNov 12th 2016

This course gives a lot of insights into the SE activities, which we normally don't notice. This would be useful for the system developers as well System Safety engineers to appreciate the system

By HAApr 5th 2018

Excellent course, learned a lot about System Engineering in general and its concepts. Great tutors and excellent real life examples from real life situations. Strongly recommended!

Instructors

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Dr Mike Ryan

Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and IT
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Dr Ian Faulconbridge

Industry Fellow
School of Engineering and IT

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