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Systems Architecture

23 October 2017 - 27 October 2017

The architecture of a system is formed by the fundamental organisation of its components, their relationships to and dependencies upon each other and their operating environment, together with the concepts and principles underpinning the system design.

System architecture defines the overall structure of a system and is also used to reason about its design, performance, behaviour, lifecycle, and evolution.

Systems of systems place an even greater emphasis on architecture because capabilities at this level are realised through the interoperability of the systems in the family.

This module is for those wishing to gain an understanding of systems architecture, how to use it for analysis and assessment and its relationship with systems design and analysis. The model-based systems engineering approach in this module can be applied to systems in any domain. The module is delivered via five days of lectures. Participative case studies are used as a basis for independent study and a small team-based approach to problem-solving via use of UML/SysML representations of the system in focus.

Systems Architecture will aim to give students: (i) practical knowledge of systems from a model based and architectural viewpoint; (ii) an understanding of system and enterprise architecture frameworks; (iii) knowledge of and practice with software modelling languages, methods, and commercially available tools; and (iv) an introduction to model driven architecture and analysis. The students will learn a system definition and architecture design process aligned to ISO/IEC 15288 and how to model the architecture of a system and use it to assess system functionality and behaviour.
Upon completion the student should have knowledge and understanding of system architecture and how architecture models can be used for analysis and assessment. The student will also be introduced to research and advanced methods in the international community and the challenges of model based approaches.


More information including content, assessment and learning time can be found here;


This module is a component of the MSc Systems Engineering.

If you wish, you may take the assessment and accumulate credits towards a postgraduate award. 

Course details

Course code
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
One week
Course leader
Professor Charles Dickerson
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Places available
Subject to availability - please contact


Target audience
Engineers of any traditional discipline and managers of technical projects; any student who wishes to challenge their thinking and acquire life-long architecting skills.
Previous experience
Graduate or those with appropriate industrial experience


Assessment is by Laboratory Group Case Study outcomes (40%) and individual coursework (60%).
15 credits


Course fee
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Accommodation costs
Not included
Accommodation information
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Cancellations: in the event of cancellation by the delegate, an administration fee of £250.00 for each student place is levied.  Cancellations must be received at least 10 working days prior to the start of the course.  We regret that no refund of course fees can be made for cancellations received after this date. 

To apply for a refund you must inform us, in writing, and provide written evidence of the original payment as refunds will only be paid to the account from where it originated. 

The University also reserves the right to make reasonable alterations to the content of the course.  In the event of cancellation by the University, fees will be refunded in full.  It does not accept liability for costs incurred by delegates or their organisations for cancellation of travel arrangements and/or accommodation.