Short course calendar

Systems Design

5 February 2018 - 9 February 2018

To gain business benefits such as faster speed to market while ensuring high quality, it is becoming increasingly important to design products, services and their underpinning processes as systems. A model-based systems engineering approach to design adopts a holistic through-lifecycle perspective that includes links between stakeholder requirements and design. Use of a system design standard (part of ISO/IEC 15288) will expose these relationships and demonstrate how to use appropriate models for systems design and their analysis.

As well as being exposed to model-based systems design processes, candidates will gain knowledge of requirements engineering and understand the relationship between systems design and systems architecture, validation and verification, and system implementation. A case study approach will be used to demonstrate the components of systems design, and candidates will have the opportunity to work independently as well as a member of a small team. 


The aims of this module are to give students practical knowledge of design and requirements engineering from a systems and model based viewpoint, and an understanding of the relation between system design, system architecture, and verification and validation (V&V). Furthermore, it will also give students an introduction to and practice with systems modelling languages, methods, and commercially available tools, and an introduction to system modelling and analysis in support of design. Students will learn a system design process aligned to ISO/IEC 15288 and to how model a system and use models for system design and analysis.

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


A booking of at least 3 weeks prior to the short course start date is required.

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 requiring a sound awareness and greater expertise in Systems Engineering and knowledge of Systems Engineering processes and tools. It is specifically for those involved with new system introduction from marketing through to system and product support.
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
A variety of on and off campus accommodation to suit different budgets is available from imago, our conference and events service. Go to


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.