• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering

This course builds on ENGN2225 Systems Engineering Design. Systems analysis is an important part of the overall interdisciplinary systems engineering approach. This course will show students how to utilise systems analysis for effective design evaluation, and as a means for improving and optimising existing systems.  

Specific topics include:

  • Quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Analytical models
  • Human factors
  • Time analysis techniques
  • Energy and materials analysis
  • Optimisation and reliability
  • Life-cycle costing

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify, generalise and adapt methodologies for analysing designs and systems.
  2. Apply and critique analysis techniques to review and construct arguments for design or operational decisions under uncertainty.
  3. Synthesise technical engineering discipline knowledge and whole-of-system methodologies to improve outcomes for a real-world client in a team environment.
  4. Generate concise and coherent documentation for both a technical and general audience am environment.
  5. Design, research and defend an analysis of a complex engineering problem or system. am environment.
  6. Professional Skills Mapping: Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Other Information

This course builds on ENGN2225 Systems Engineering Design. Systems analysis is an important partof the overall interdisciplinary systems engineering approach. This course will enable students toapproach analysis of systems from multiple perspectives for effective design evaluation, and as ameans for improving and optimising new and existing systems.In each topic, analytical, conceptual and practical approaches for describing, understanding, and optimising systems will be explored.

Specific topics include:
- Quantitative and qualitative research approaches
- Analytical, modelling and simulation methods
- Human factors in engineering
- Time analysis techniques
- Energy and Material balance
- Control systems
- Life-cycle costing

These methods bring together insights into how the majors approach and understand systems.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Individual Quizzes (30) [LO null]
  2. Individual Analysis Report and Portfolio (47) [LO null]
  3. Team Test and Evaluation Project (23) [LO null]

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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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2225 and 12 units of MATH.

Prescribed Texts

Suggested reading:
  • Blanchard, B.S., W.J. Fabrycky, Systems Engineering and Analysis, Fifth ed. Pearson, New Jersey, 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.  

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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5330 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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