• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Society relies on many complex systems of interacting technology, people, processes, laws and other elements. Examples of such systems include air transport, telecommunications and energy supply. Systems Engineering is a holistic, multi-disciplinary and well established approach to the engineering of these complex systems. Because software is a critical component of such systems, Software Engineers will often work in Systems Engineering teams. This course prepares students for such roles by covering the following topics:

  • Systems concepts.
  • The Systems Engineering life-cycle and processes.
  • Conceptual system design: including problem definition, technical performance measures, quality function deployment (QFD), trade-off analyses, and system specification.
  • Preliminary system design: subsystem design requirements, design review.
  • Detailed design and development: Detailed design requirements and design engineering activities; review and feedback, and incorporation of design changes.
  • Design testing, evaluation and validation.
  • Design for sustainability: approaches that integrate sustainability principles into the design process.
  • Integration of Systems Engineering and Software Engineering activities.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. describe the holistic and multi-disciplinary nature of complex engineering projects
  2. describe the Systems Engineering life-cycle
  3. identify and explain the activities involved in each phase of the Systems Engineering life-cycle
  4. explain the role of Software Engineering within the broader context of Systems Engineering

Students will also improve their:

  1. ability to understand and solve complex and ill-defined problems
  2. ability to communicate with the multi-disciplinary engineering team and the community at large
  3. understanding of and commitment to ethical and professional responsibilities,
  4. ability to function as an individual and as a team leader and member in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams

Indicative Assessment

Learning Portfolio (40%); Tutorial Facilitation (20%); Final examination (40%)

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One 2-hour lecture per week, one 2-hour tutorial per week, and 6 hours of independent study per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with COMP3530



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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