MT2563 Systems Engineering

Programme course, 7,5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, autumn semester 2023

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.

The development of complex products and systems entail the consideration of multidimensional aspects (e.g hardware, software, service, human factors, equipment, facilities) that need to be seamlessly integrated to address the needs and fulfill the requirements of all the stakeholders involved. Systems Engineering is an area which has at its core the combination of knowledge and competences from engineering, management and human behavior. The students will develop understanding on the principles, methods, tools and techniques nowadays in use to address such complex development projects in multifunctional teams. The course teaches methods and processes for design, development, implementation and management of complex systems. Case studies will be presented and development challenges will be practiced by the students during the course.


  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 50%
  • Study period: 2023-October-30 until 2024-January-14
  • Education level: A1F
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language is English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: Admission to the course requires passed course Innovative and Sustainable Product Developement 1, 6 credits.


  • 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

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
  • understand what systems engineering is and what characteristics set it apart from more ‘traditional’ approaches
  • understand how systems engineering relates to product/service development and sustainability

Competence and skills
  • be able to undertake a programme definition study
  • be able to develop a concept design as the basis for further detailed design
  • be able to apply and use systems concepts to analyse a system and as the basis for the design and development of complex systems.

Judgement and approach
  • assess why and when a systems engineering approach is desirable.

Course literature and other teaching material

Course literature
Product and Systems Development : A Value Approach? ISBN: 978-1-118-33154-5.

Course literature and other teaching material

Course literature
Product and Systems Development : A Value Approach? ISBN: 978-1-118-33154-5.

Learning methods

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.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.


Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.


Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1905 Written assignment 2.5 A-F
1915 Written report 5 A-F


The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.

Future exams

No upcoming, centrally coordinated, examinations for this course were found.

To participate in a centrally coordinated examination, you must enroll in Student's Portal, no later than fifteen days before the examination.

Time and location for the examination will be published about 5 days in advance.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information concerning these examinations are available in It's Learning or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.