Course Title: Systems Engineering Principles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Systems Engineering Principles

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Prof. John Mo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6279

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora campus

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides a broad introduction to Systems Engineering Principles in the domain of systems development stages. It covers all lifecycle stages from conceptual design, through detailed design, construction, deployment, operation to decommissioning and recycling.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):
1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. 
2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. 
3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. 
3.4. Professional use and management of information. 
3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Explain foundations of systems engineering
  2. Discuss the nature of complex systems
  3. Apply systems engineering principles to a system development process
  4. Implement principles and procedures for different stages of system development: concept development, engineering development and post-development
  5. Perform systems analysis of an engineering system.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials, projects, case studies and self-directed studies

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources will be available on-line through “My RMIT”

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

Assignment 1 – Group Assignment
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

Assignment 2 – Group Assignment
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

Final exam
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5