Introduction to Systems Engineering


The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the processes and management practices associated with the systems engineering discipline. The course is ideally suited to engineers who are new to the discipline, as well as to project managers and project staff who work with systems engineers. The course highlights how systems engineering principles can be applied to technical projects, and what products to expect from the systems engineering effort. The course also provides the first three days of the five-day course: Systems Engineering Practice.

Duration: 3 days

Delivery mode: Online

What you will receive:

Affiliated courses: Systems Engineering Practice (5 days), Introduction to Project Management (3 days) & Introduction to Capability Development (3 days)


"Professional instructors who know their stuff." 

"Very good presenters. Excellent materials to take home and review later at own pace. Comprehensive coverage of the subject."

"Presenters had real breadth of experience in the subject matter."

"Practical examples given were strong and provided context."


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Anyone requiring an understanding of systems engineering, including, but not limited to;

Business managers Project technical staff
Project managers Systems engineers
Capability development staff Hardware and software engineers


Systems Engineering Processes Introduction

History and definitions | Systems life cycle | Benefits and relevance of systems engineering | Systems engineering context | Systems engineering process | Analysis - synthesis - evaluation | Systems engineering framework

Conceptual Design

Business Needs and Requirements | Stakeholder Needs and Requirements | Feasibility analysis | Requirements analysis | Synthesis and evaluation | Systems Specification | Conceptual Design Review | Technical performance measures

Preliminary Design

Subsystem requirements analysis | Requirements allocation | Interface identification and design | Synthesis and evaluation | Specifications and baselines | Systems design reviews

Detailed Design and Development

Designing & integrating elements | Prototype development | Design reviews | Documentation

Construction and/or Production

Operational Use and Systems Support


Systems Engineering Management

Technical reviews and audits | Systems test and evaluation | Specifications and standards | Technical risk management | Configuration management | Integration management | Engineering management plan

Related Disciplines

Project management | Quality assurance | Integrated logistic support (ILS) | Operators | Other engineering disciplines including software engineering.


Professor 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 systems engineering, electrical and ITEE colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (FINCOSE), and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML). 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, at the Australian Defence Force Academy 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, project management, and technology management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, and is Co-Chair of the Requirements Working Group INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 250 technical papers and reports.


Dr Ian Faulconbridge has a Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelors degree in engineering and an MBA in project management. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in the electrical and aerospace colleges, a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE). Since 1990, he has held a number of engineering, project management and academic positions in the fields of avionics, simulation, radar, communications and information systems. He is the director of a Canberra-based engineering consultancy ( where he is an active industry consultant in both Government and private sectors. He is an Industry Fellow at UNSW, Canberra where he supports a number of programs within the School of Engineering and Information Technology. He is the author or co-author of a number of books covering radar, radar electronic warfare, avionics systems and systems engineering.