• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This course provides an introduction to systems engineering fundamentals, establishing a robust framework for designing complex engineered systems in response to customer needs and expectations. The emphasis of the course is on the three core activities of systems engineering, which are requirements analysis; functional analysis and allocation; and design synthesis. Together, these activities form what is called the systems engineering process, which provides a comprehensive, life-cycle balanced approach to the design of complex systems that satisfy customer expectations and public acceptability. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Identify different types of systems through key behaviours and functionality
  2. Identify and analyse the various phases in a system's life-cycle, and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of considering a system's life-cycle early in the design effort
  3. Understand different types of requirements, constraints, and assumptions encountered during systems design
  4. Gather, analyse, and communicate requirements to technical and non-technical audiences
  5. Identify, analyse, and objectively resolve design trade-offs
  6. Understand the importance of systems engineering management in the design process
  7. Critically evaluate engineering case studies and apply the findings to guide and inform the engineering design process
  8. Apply systems engineering fundamentals to a real-world project as part of a design team

Indicative Assessment

  1. Case study 20%
  2. Major design project 30%
  3. Assignments (4x 5%)
  4. Exam (30%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering, Master of Project Management or Master of Business Information Systems.

Preliminary Reading

Recommended reading:

Blanchard, B.S. & Fabrycky, W.J., Systems Engineering and Analysis, fifth edition, Pearson, 2011


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2313 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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