EEET 5128


Course Level


Offered Externally

Note: This offering may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course


Second Semester
(Study Period 5)
Course owner

Course owner

Course aim

To provide students with knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to conduct the design and integration processes of systems engineering. This course establishes a foundation of knowledge that will enable students to convert a conceptual design into a system definition that is suitable for detailed design and subsequent manufacture. The course covers both classical systems engineering design and systems-integration-based design that exploits existing subsystems to the greatest extent possible.

Course content

The architectural design process including: 

  • Requirements analysis, validation of the design inputs including customer expectations, requirements flow down through design tiers, identification of technical performance measures. 
  • Functional analysis, in particular, in the presence of constraints on the system design imposed by the use of commercial-off-the-shelf and military-off-the-shelf components. 
  • Functional and physical partitioning. 
  • Generation of solution concepts that involve both bespoke and pre-existing components. 
  • Trade-off analyses to determine the preferred design concept. 
  • Describing the design through architectural views, specification of subsystems, and interface definitions.
System implementation aspects
  • Off-the-shelf, modified OTS, or design trades for system components
  • Selection of configuration items
  • Choice of appropriate specification standards for components
Introduction to design assurance aspects 
  • Discussion of factors sought in a good system design: reliability, maintainability, availability, manufacturability, testability, electromagnetic compatibility, integratability, safety, security, flexibility, interoperability, capability growth, disposal, etc.
  • Design reviews 
  • Interface management 
  • Use of modelling and simulation during design and integration
  • Process products and documentation; model-based systems engineering
Integration and Test
  • Integration and test planning from a design perspective; test coverage
  • The integration and test process
  • Accepting components into integration


INCOSE 2015, INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook: A Guide for System Life Cycle Processes and Activities, 4, John Wiley & Sons, New York

Buede D.M., & Miller, W.D. 2016, The Engineering Design of Systems: Models and Methods, 3rd, John Wiley & Sons Inc, New York





Teaching method

Component Duration
Online 35 hours x n/a

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Essay, Report, Technical documentation


EFTSL*: 0.125
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