Short course calendar

Systems: Validation and Verification

23 April 2018 - 27 April 2018

Validation (‘have we built the right system?’) offers a summative assessment for testing and acceptance of a system in focus from both a systems engineering and model-based standpoint; this can be contrasted with verification (‘have we built the system right?’) which gives the formative equivalent. When used as part a systems lifecycle via adoption of ISO/IEC 15288 and IEEE 1516, validation and verification processes can reduce significantly on-going project costs and can be responsible for reduction in project over-runs.

This module will provide candidates with knowledge of systems-based validation and verification procedures and tests together with how they can be used for assessment and analysis. A model-based systems approach is adopted and through the use of case studies candidates will gain practical experience of requirements traceability, consideration of how to reduce risk in systems design, and improve robustness of the design solution. This practice will be achieved via independent study as well as candidates being members of a small team. 


The aims of this module are to give students practical knowledge of verification and validation (V&V) for testing and acceptance of systems from a systems and model based viewpoint. It will also provide understanding of the relation between design and V&V with the objective of concurrent V&V and design of robust systems, as well as an introduction to software in the loop testing. Finally, the module will provide an introduction to and practice with systems modelling languages and methods using commercially available tools. Students will learn V&V procedures and tests aligned to ISO/IEC 15288 and IEEE 1516 from a systems and model based viewpoint and how to use V&V to influence 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
Please contact: or see costs table on central CPD web-page.
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.