22 July - 8 Sep 2024


This course runs over 7 weeks with a weekly 2-hour online tutorial session.




Basic knowledge of Systems Engineering processes.


$2,000.00 fee per student for the short course (content)

$1,312.50 fee per student for the assessment short course.

Fees displayed exclude GST.



Course overview

Upskill rapidly with a Professional Certificate specifically designed for Defence and related industry personnel. Delivered fully online, this Professional Certificate can be taken as a stand-alone course, as a building block as part of the UniSA Defence Professional Certificates or may also be used as credit for the Master of Systems Engineering.

The Professional Certificate in System Architecting and Integration provides you with knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to conduct the design and integration processes of systems engineering. It establishes a foundation of knowledge that will enable you 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 and 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, integratibility, 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


This Professional Certificate has two short courses within it. This allows the flexibility to undertake the Professional Certificate in two ways.

  • Content only which includes directed study over a short period. You will receive a Certificate of Completion for the audit only course.
  • Content and Assessment which includes directed study over a short period plus additional activities and assessment. You will receive a Professional Certificate on completion.

Successful completion of both the Content and Assessment courses within the professional certificate can be used as credit into the Master of Systems Engineering against the equivalent course. 

How to apply

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