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Systems Engineering Essentials - Distance Learning

Date to be confirmed


Systems Engineering Essentials for Engineers is a 15-week online distance learning course for graduates in engineering or other technical and business disciplines, providing a comprehensive awareness of Systems Engineering as defined in the International Council for Systems Engineering (INCOSE) competencies framework. The course provides students with a preliminary understanding of the systems approach upon which to build their in-depth Systems Engineering skills.

Work at your own pace with online lectures designed to fit into a busy schedule. Timetabled tutorials and forums will enable you to discuss your progress with other students and academic staff. Practical application of Systems Engineering is demonstrated through a case study concerned with the introduction of a commercial renewable energy scheme.

Units and Brief contents

  1. What is a System?
    Introducing Systems Engineering with topics such as The role of a systems engineer, Examples of Systems Failures, Systems Topology
  2. Systems Concepts – Lifecycles 
    Introducing concepts such as The Development Lifecycle, Lifecycle Identification and Planning and, The Systems and Software Engineering Lifecycle Standard (ISO/IEC 15288)
  3. Requirements Management
    Introducing Stakeholder Identification and Management, Functional and Non-Functional Requirements and Quality Function Deployment (QFD).
  4. Systems Design
    Introducing Functional Analysis and Concept Generation.
  5. Systems Architectures
    Introducing Architectural Design, Design Integrity and Modelling and Simulation.
  6. Organisational Aspects
    Introducing Governance and Enterprise.
  7. Systems Design 2
    Introducing Selecting Preferred Solution, Trade-Off and Through Life Management.
  8. System Realisation
    Introducing Systems Integration, Transition to Operation and Validation
  9. Consolidation
    Introducing MDAL (Major Data & Assumptions List) and SEMP (Systems Engineering Management Plan).

Assessments will be a combination of online tests, group work and other exercises, all of which are activities to practise the competencies being acquired.

Successful students will receive a certificate of completion and 15 credits towards the Systems Engineering MSc., for students who wish to extend their studies at a later date.  

If you wish to join the course please contact Jenny Evans for further information.  



Course details

Course code
One semester: 150 hours study; approximately 10 hours a week
Course leader
Professor Michael Henshaw
The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing
Places available


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


Assessments will be a combination of online tests, group work and other exercises, all of which are activities to practise the competencies being acquired.
15 credits


Course fee
to be confirmed


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.

In the event that you are unable to attend the course, you may send a substitute in your place. Please inform us of this as soon as possible and before the commencement of the course.

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.