This module can only be taken as part of the Systems Engineering MSc or as an elective of the Defence and Security Programme

Preparing you to assess and critique the SE activities associated with the Design and Realisation phases of the life-cycle of an existing system and to propose modification to existing methods and the development of appropriate system design and realisation methods for new projects.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£920 - Accredited Short Course fee

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:


  • Develop and sustain cost-effective, timely and effective complex systems through the use of system level analytical tools applicable to the various life-cycle phases from design to retirement.
  • Evaluate the contribution of the systems engineering processes to the design, implementation and through life phases of the system life-cycle.
  • Propose and assess the systems engineering patterns, models, methods and tools needed for a successful integrated SE approach to the design, production, use and retirement of systems.
  • Manage the integration of different specialist disciplines, to enable the development of systems recognized as successful through the whole system life-cycle.

Core content

Unit 1: System design

•       Logical architecture,
•       Physical architecture,
•       Design devolution and specification of sub-systems,
•       Choice to use bespoke development, COTS products, or re-use of existing systems/components.

Unit 2: Integration, verification and validation

•       Overview of system integration,
•       Three approaches to integration: bottom up, top down, middle out,
•       Overview of verification,
•       Overview of validation,
•       Challenges and strategies for effective and efficient verification and validation.

Unit 3: Through life project delivery and system use

•       Planning systems for through life support: consumables,
•       System use: design for system readiness, effect of operational demand,
•       Impact of change in environment and/or use patterns,
•       Systems engineering aspects of logistics,
•       Obsolescence and responses to the challenge.
•       Overview of system retirement.

Unit 4: Other considerations: acceptance, training, impact of organisational role allocations

•       Overview of system acceptance process,
•       Systems engineering aspects of training needs analysis and training system development,
•       Examples of the impact on design of system boundary issues in the architecture of the system and the measures of performance applied to organisations interacting with the system.


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