Systems Engineering - MT2530

Course Purpose

This course will give insight into over-arching systems and technological processes and methods that support the innovation process. The course will cover modelling and simulation processes, configuration, and product and process metrics. This will likely include things like systems mapping and service blueprinting.

Course Objectives

Complex systems have many components – hardware, software, people, machinery, buildings, all of which interact – and many stakeholders with requirements to be met. The essence of systems engineering is that it combines technical, interpersonal and managerial knowledge and skills. The student will gain an understanding of the principles, tools and techniques of a multi-functional approach to increasingly complex systems planning. The course will explore the processes of design, development, implementation and management of multi-functional team-based projects. Case studies will provide a practical context.


  • History and theoretical frame of reference
  • System life-cycle and solution development
  • Systems engineering in context
  • Systems engineering process; principles concepts, elements
  • Requirement analysis
  • Systems engineering management
  • Engineering planning
  • Project breakdown structures
  • Configuration management
  • Application examples

Aims and Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student will know:

  • How systems engineering relates to product/service development and sustainability
  • What systems engineering is and what characteristics set it apart from more ‘traditional’ approaches
  • Why a systems engineering approach is desirable
  • How to undertake a programme definition study
  • How to develop a concept design as the basis for further detailed design
  • The use of systems concepts to analyse a system and as the basis for the design and development of complex systems

Learning and Teaching

Course focus is to give the participant knowledge to understand theories and methodologies regarding systems engineering, and to be able to apply SE to practical examples. Through, lectures, workshops, assigned readings and assignments students will gain an understanding of the course content. Students will complete assignments on an individual or small group basis, and will share his/her learning with others through his/her written documents, group work and presentations. The course will be provided in English.

Course responsible and examiner

Professor Tobias C. Larsson.

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