Course Title: Systems Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Systems Engineering

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 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,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Bourmistrova

Course Coordinator Phone: (03) 9925 8081

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for Appointment or consultation

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

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will 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

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as 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. Delivery may be face-to-face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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

Assessment Task 1: Quizzes
Two Quizzes each worth 7.5%
Total Weighting 15%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

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

Assessment Task 3: On-Campus End-Semester Assessment
Weighting 35%
This assessment is a timed and timetabled assessment that students must attend on campus except for international students who are resident outside Australia.
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.