5-day Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

Course Description  

Systems Engineering is the systematic application of Systems Thinking to the design and introduction of new systems. Applied correctly Systems Engineering provides considerable strategic advantage to an organization by reducing introduction times, improving system performance and reducing through life costs. Its relevance is the only proven approach to handling risks associated with highly complex products and services.  

Applying Systems Engineering correctly, however, requires not only skills and knowledge but also a profound understanding of the underlying systems principles on which it is built. Education and training are therefore critical to the development of an organizational capability in Systems Engineering. This course is about educating and training participants in how to do Systems Engineering. Along the path participants will also learn what it is and why its like it is.  Put simply; its purpose is to teach people how to design better systems.  

Course Numbers and Who Should Attend?  

The 5-day Fundamentals of Systems Engineering course can be delivered to up to 20 participants. This course applies equally to the design of product-based as to service or process-based systems. The course is therefore suitable for all personnel involved in the introduction and through life support of any complex system. It is specifically aimed at those people who wish to practice or would like to practice a systems approach to system design.  

Benefits to the Individual and Business  

During an intensive five days of teaching and practical ‘hands on’ exercises, participants will be challenged to develop the skills and mind-set that can be applied to any system design irrespective of type, scale or context.   What people have said about this course is "Overall an excellent course and very well delivered". For more feedback comments click here.

At the end of the course participants will:  

  • have an understanding the principles of systems thinking and how it applies to the creation of a new system through the appropriate blend of people, process and tools
  • understand the critical role of requirements in engineering
  • be able to identify system stakeholders and gather their requirements
  • be able to analyse stakeholder requirements and translate these into specific, precise and measurable technical system requirements
  • be able to specify (document) requirements
  • be able to generate and down-select alternative system design concepts and architectures
  • be introduced to the principles of robust system design
  • understand the systems approach to verification and validation (V&V)
  • be able to document verification and validation requirements
  • be able to consider the impact on future business of adopting a systems approach to engineering.

Learning Approach

The learning approach is based on the Kolb learning cycle with a significant proportion of the course set aside for exercises to reinforce the learning. Indeed, many of the small group exercises involve a case study that provides a practical focus for the course and enables the delegates to practise the methodology and tools presented.

Course Agenda

Course Delivery and Costs  

The 5-day Fundamentals of Systems Engineering course is very intensive and is delivered by two tutor/consultants.   The cost of delivering the 5-day course, excluding delivery tutor accommodation and expenses, but including all courseware, is £14,500. VAT will apply at the prevailing rate.   The course can be tailored to suit individual customer’s engineering lifecycle and review processes.  

More Information and Contact Details  

For more information about the 5-day Fundamentals of Systems Engineering Course or any of our other Systems Engineering courses please contact Dr Stuart Burge on +44 (0) 7803 131614 or sburge@burgehugheswalsh.co.uk.

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