This module can only be taken as part of the Vehicle and Weapon Engineering MSc (USA).

To make you aware of the vital issues that must be addressed within a systems engineering context if the military user is to have the necessary assurance of receiving equipment that satisfies the capability and dependability requirements that were specified.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration2 weeks
  • LocationExternal

What you will learn

On successful completion you should be able to:

Understand the concepts of systems thinking in a defence context
Define and critically evaluate the role of systems engineering lifecycle processes in the delivery of defence capability
Define and critically evaluate the role of through life processes in assuring the dependability and operational effectiveness of defence capability
Select the correct lifecycle approach to defence projects, and apply appropriate systems engineering and assured performance techniques across the lifecycle
Understand how the systems engineering approach to defence is integrated into US acquisition practice

Core content

Topics covered by the course:

Introduction to Systems Engineering (SE) and Assured Performance (AP) core concepts and processes, systems approach to complex problems, SE life-cycle processes: requirements; architecture, integration & verification; validation and acceptance; Architecture Frameworks.

Dependability, design for system level Availability, Reliability, and Resilience; Human Systems Integration, dependability assurance.  Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) and contacting for support.SE life-cycle planning, US defence acquisition and acceptance context.

The course concludes with a case study based exercise covering life-cycle planning, trade off and through life considerations.


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