• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

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 core activities of systems engineering, which are requirements analysis; functional analysis and allocation; and design synthesis, test and evaluation. Together, these activities and concerns 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. The course covers lifecycle concerns such as reliability, maintainability and human factors.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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. Perform stakeholder identification and requirements analysis.
  4. Identify, analyse, and objectively resolve design trade-offs for different types of requirements and constraints.
  5. Understand the key role of test and evaluation and distinguish different types of test and evaluation activities.
  6. Understand the importance of lifecycle non-functional requirements such as reliability, maintainability, human factor as well as systems engineering management in the design process.
  7. Apply systems engineering fundamentals to a real-world project as part of a design team.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Assignments (50) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  2. Quizzes (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Group Project (20) [LO 2,6,7]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • 4 hous of face-to face components per week (approximately 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials) throughout the semester.
  • 6 hours of of self-study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering, Master of Project Management, Master of Business Information Systems or Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Technology and Regulation.

Prescribed Texts

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
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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
2092 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 31 Mar 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

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