Course Title: Systems Engineering Methodology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Systems Engineering Methodology

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2014


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2010


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr. Arun Kumar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4328

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.03.020

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This subject introduces to the students all the Systems Engineering processes described in MIL-STD-499B/IEEE 1220/EIA 632 for the procurement cycle of electronic, electrical, manufacturing and other types of systems emphasising how real systems are conceived, designed, integrated, verified, produced and supported. Technical performance assessment and database management, requirements allocation, specification writing, Systems, functional analysis, life cycle costing and requirements for internal technical documentation are described.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  1. To understand the systems engineering terms and definitions.
  2. To gain knowledge and application of the various systems processes.
  3. To use the processes to transform operation needs into a system configuration which achieves the required performance.
  4. To be able to integrate related technical parameters to ensure compatibility with physical, functional and interfaces, to totally define the system.
  5. To acquire the capability to integrate all disciplines and specialties, such as Life Cycle Costing, Test and Verification, System Supportability, System Specification and Documentation to represent the total system life cycle.

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Overview of Learning Activities

Students completing this subject would be able to:
a) Apply the processes, procedures and techniques which are required for the successful execution of systems engineering methodology to resolve different types of complex problems faced by senior managers in industry.
b) Provide practical knowledge and guidelines on system developing strategies (eg maintenance, costing and sub contracting).
c) Perform trade-off studies/ progress reviews.
d) Learn the effective way of measuring performance and controlling projects.
e) Acquire the skill of performing continuous improvement activities or re-engineering an existing system/product.

Overview of Learning Resources

These resources are available online. You can download them once you are enrolled in the course.
• Wickham, Peter, Course Guide Notes,  Systems Engineering Methodology, SAMME, RMIT University, 2010.
• Wickham, Peter. Reading Notes for MANU2130, Systems Engineering Methodology, SAMME, RMIT University, 2010.

Prescribed Text
You MUST have the prescribed text available to do your studies in this subject, consequently we recommend that you purchase this book:
• Blanchard, Benjamin S., and Walter J. Fabrycky. Systems Engineering and Analysis. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall International, 1998.
Copies are available in the RMIT university and other university libraries. URL – 

Recommended Resources
We recommend you also purchase (if you don’t already have them) the following references as they form the underlying text for the Certificate, Post Graduate and Masters of Systems Engineering:
• Andrew P. Sage & James E. Armstrong, JR. (2000) " Introduction to Systems Engineering", John Wiley & Sons
• EIA 632 Processes for Engineering A system, Version 1.0 28 April 1998. This can be purchased from Global Engineering Documents (Address: 15 Inverness Way East, Englewood, CO 80112-5704 USA or call USA and Canada 1-800-854-7179)URL – 
• IEEE Std 1220 - 1998, Trial-use Standard for Application and Management of Systems Engineering Process, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Inc, New York. . URL – 
• INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook 2004 v.2 a
• INCOSE ( 2007) " Systems Engineering Handbook" Version 3.1, August 2007

For students undertaking this course online, additional system engineering textbooks can be purchased from online sellers like Amazon (highly recommended). URL – 

RMIT UNIVERSITY LIBRARY supports the Distance Students by providing the following ONLINE RESOURCES:
• access to online data bases
• library catalogue searching
• document delivery service
• online question and answer service
• guides and tutorials for information literacy including referencing
• complete textbooks and journals

For more information visit the RMIT web sites:

Overview of Assessment

Assignment 1.
Start this assignment in week 5 and submit in week 9.
After completing modules 1 to 5, you should do: An application of Systems Engineering to design a systems concept to resolve a real world problem in engineering/technology or management. Assessment weight is 40% of the total and should be around 2000-2500 words in A4 paper with a font size of 12.

Assignment 2.
Start this assignment in week 9 and submit in 12
After completing all the modules you should do: A Systems Implementation: Application of systems engineering specialties to bring a system defined in Assignment 1 above into being, from the design phase to implementation and supporting phases. Assessment weight is 50% of the total and should be around 3000-3500 words in A4 paper with a font size of 12.

Assignment 3
Start this assignment in week 10 and submit in week 13.
Contribution and participation in the Threaded Discussions. Weight 10 % of the total based on the frequency and quality of the contributions.