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Systems: Understanding Complexity

20 February 2017 - 3 March 2017

As technical projects become increasingly complex, engineers are correspondingly challenged to find effective ways of understanding the interplay of components and subsystems within a system and the implications for system performance indicators such as reliability.

This module deals with the problems caused by increasing complexity and provides an opportunity to practise with some methods and tools used to address them. By considering the complexity inherent in modern systems a greater understanding of the interplay between component parts and the role they play in overall system behaviour can be gained. By exposing candidates to a set of methods and tools that are able to model complex systems, the systemic behaviour may be understood and used to enhance the purposefulness of the system in focus.

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.

If you wish to take the assessment that goes with this module a booking must be made by early January. However if you do not wish to take assessement then your booking must be completed at least 3 weeks prior to the module start date.

Course details

Course code
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Two weeks
Course leader
Dr Vince Dwyer
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Places available


Target audience
The course is prepared with engineers of any traditional discipline and managers of technical projects in mind but is suitable for anyone working on highly complex systems.
Previous experience
Graduate or those with appropriate industrial experience. Competence in first degree level mathematics is required.


Assessment is by 1.5 hour examination (50%) Coursework (50%)
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.

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