Core Systems Engineering

Provides attendees with a practical understanding of the discipline of contemporary systems engineering.

About this event

Area of Interest: Defence and Industry

Course overview

The Core Systems Engineering (SE) course aims to provides attendees with a practical understanding of the concept and application of SE across a variety of industries. An understanding of the associated products, processes, tools and management practices underpinning the multidisciplinary approach of SE will also be provided to enable participants to maximise the capability realisation of a system’s full life cycle. The introductory course places systems engineering principles in the context of the other related disciplines involved in the delivery of technical projects and the system life cycle. The Core SE Course includes many design exercises that illustrate the application of SE processes in various contexts to be ready for the systems of the future.  The exercises allow the opportunity to practice, use and discuss systems engineering, focusing on the early concept definition and acquisition portion of the systems life cycle. The two-day Core SE Course is also the first part of a three-day Advanced SE Course. The latter allows attendees to reinforce the material already covered and gain further knowledge for all of the stages of the system life cycle. No prior knowledge is assumed for the Core Course. 

Duration: 2 Days

Delivery Mode: On-campus and remote - you choose how you would like to attend.

Who should attend?

This two-day course will benefit people who are involved in the planning, execution and delivery of projects which involve multiple stakeholders, numerous objectives and many components. Examples of such projects include designing a new aircraft, developing an Enterprise Resource Planning software package, planning a large infrastructure project, developing a new learning package for an organisation or developing a new product which will be integrated into a wider system. Due to the nature of systems, this course is applicable to a wide variety of industries including Logistics, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Security, Defence and more. 

Course Outline

The Courses applies the latest International Council on Systems Engineering, SE Body of Knowledge and International Test and Evaluation Association approaches and practices to describe the functions, roles, design and use of systems, including: 

  • Key definitions and concepts in SE and their importance in realising capable systems; 

  • The rationale of taking an SE approach in realising capable systems; 

  • The importance of requirement definition and how to decompose system specifications from a user’s concepts, mission, needs and objectives; 

  • The system lifecycle, with an emphasis on SE’s impact during the acquisition phase of a system; and 

  • The role of Verification and Validation (V&V) throughout the system lifecycle, including various V&V methods and their costs and benefits 




Grant Moran

Grant has over thirteen years of experience in Defence both as a Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Navy and more recently within Defence Industry. His key areas of expertise are in capability development, complex system integration and test and evaluation. Grant has worked extensively within Electronic Warfare and Guided Weapons programs, with demonstrated experience in providing authorised engineering and operational risk advice to senior decision makers across acquisition, sustainment and operational contexts. Grant holds Masters in Systems Engineering, Capability Management, and Project Management.