Function and Performance Specification Development Workshop


This workshop provides groups from within the Australian Defence Organisation, other government agencies and industry with an opportunity to understand the practical application of the systems engineering process as it maps to the development of Function and Performance Specification (FPS). Attendees will focus on a series of design exercises that apply knowledge of systems engineering processes and management to the development of a real-life FPS. The exercises are conducted as a combination of tutorials and activities that step through relevant activities.

Who Should Attend

Course Outline

Presenter Background

Dates & Registration

Duration: 1 - 5 days


Advertised: Not available

In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the  for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

What you will receive:

  • Comprehensive course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*

In-house delivery: Contact the  for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

Affiliated course: Introduction to Capability Development (3 days)

*pending final results




Any group responsible for the development or maintenance of a project's FPS.





Brief revision of systems, systems engineering, and the role of requirements engineering to the development of an FPS.

Conceptual Design

Define business needs and requirements | Define stakeholder needs and requirements | Define system requirements | Identify stakeholders | Mission, goals, objectives | Validation measures | Context diagram | Conceptual Design tutorial

Writing and Reviewing Requirements

Guidelines for good requirements | Standard requirements templates or boilerplates | Requirements language | Removing ambiguity | Guide for writing requirements | Requirements review tutorial

Requirements Engineering Exercises 

The exercises provide participants with practice in the development of an FPS. These exercises are focused on the activities required to get from early business needs to writing the system-level requirements for the target system based on a functional architecture defined by the major systems-engineering products.




Dr Mike Ryan holds BE, MEngSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in electrical and ITEE colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a Member of the Australian Institute of Management (AIMM). Since 1981, he has held a number of positions in communications and systems engineering and in management and project management. Since 1998, he has been with the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, Canberra where he is currently the Director of the Capability Systems Centre. His research and teaching interests are in communications and information systems, requirements engineering, systems engineering, and project management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, and is the Chair of the Requirements Working Group of INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 180 technical papers and reports.