• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Information Technology, Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course provides a framework for the interdisciplinary systems engineering program. It outlines the design process for an engineering product or service. The systems approach is used to give students an understanding of how to integrate the technical engineering disciplines required to solve complex problems. This approach is traditionally applied to highly technical engineering problems. However, students will also see how sustainable design principles can be introduced to the design process in order to accommodate environmental considerations.

Specific topics include:

  • Systems engineering life-cycle and scoping
  • Requirements engineering
  • Functional definition and analysis
  • Subsystem integration and attributes
  • Verification and evaluation
  • Design communication

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Synthesise technical knowledge and whole-of-system methods to improve outcomes in design problems.
2.  Identify, generalise and adapt methodologies for describing designs and systems.
3.  Review, analyse and construct arguments for design decisions and trade-offs, supported by evidence.
Research and become a topic expert within a project team to meet given deadlines.
5. Generate concise and coherent documentation for both a technical and general audience.
6.  Design, research and defend an analysis of a complex contemporary engineering problem or system.

Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

  • Group project for a real-world client (25%)
  • Individual design portfolio and oral defence (30%)
  • Peer-learning Jigsaw Tasks (45%) including an Individual research paper, Peer-review, and Tutorial Facilitation

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Approximately 3 hours face-to-face, 4 hours of group work and 3 hours of independent study and preparation per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN1211.

Prescribed Texts

Suggested Reading:
  • Blanchard, Benjamin S. & Fabrycky, Wolter J. Systems Engineering and Analysis (5th Edition), Prentice Hall International, 2011
  • Hitchens, D.K., 2007, ‘Systems Engineering - A 21st Century Systems Methodology’, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey.
  • Stasinopoulos, P., Smith, M., Hargroves, K. and Desha, C., 2008. Whole System Design - An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Engineering, The Natural Edge Project, Earthscan, London.


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
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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