Course Title: Systems Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Systems Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Prof. Adrian Orifici

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the concepts and practice of systems engineering. The concept of complex systems is introduced, and the characterisation and hierarchy of systems is covered. The design process is outlined within a systems engineering framework, and this is considered in the context of the complete system life cycle. The critical role of aspects such as quality, costing, manufacture, regulations and reliability is covered, and their integration within a systems approach is demonstrated. You will gain an understanding of how complex projects, typical in the aerospace and aviation industries, are conceived, developed, executed and managed. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours): 

  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
  • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
  • Effective team membership and team leadership

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Develop typical characteristics of a complex system hierarchy
  2. Demonstrate the typical process for conception, design and fabrication of a system within a systems engineering framework
  3. Communicate a system design within a systems engineering framework
  4. Integrate aspects such as manufacturing, regulations, reliability, life cycle and cost analysis within the systems engineering process.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include pre-recorded lectures, tutorials, assignments and a group project. The group project is a team project that will allow you to develop systems engineering skills in practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Learning Management System (Canvas), which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture notes, tutorials, supplementary course notes, information regarding the team project, and approved references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Weighting 15%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

Team Project
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 2-4

End-Semester Assessment
Weighting 35%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4