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Advanced Diploma in Principles of Engineering System Design

In this free online course, learn about Engineering System Designs and how to integrate and manage complex systems.

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This free online course in Principles of Engineering System Design teaches learners how to be critical, creative, curious, capable, as well as ready to handle this constantly changing world. A wide range of discipline falls under the engineering title. No matter where your interest lies, there’s bound to be one facet of the sector you'll find enticing and engaging. If you like tinkering, creating or designing, this engineering course is for you.
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Advanced Diploma in Principles of Engineering System Design is an introductory course on Engineering System Design. This course teaches you about system engineering design and covers topics and examples to give you a full understanding of the subject. The course begins by introducing you to the modern design processes and the six functions within the design process. It then goes on to explain the various tools required for enabling creative development. 

Next, the course will teach you how to implement fault-tolerance in physical architecture. You will then go on to learn a number of skills in architecture development and how different modeling processes and techniques are applied to help you with your decision making in  system design. The course includes case studies of failed projects that did not apply these principles, as well as successful projects that did.

Learners taking this course will develop problem-solving skills in engineering and will use these skills to apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges.The world is changing, and engineers are at the forefront of this development. The majority of today’s services and products have some element of engineering involved in their conception, paving the way to long, fulfilling and healthy lifestyles. Engineers must be critical yet creative; curious yet capable; as well as ready to handle the constantly changing world. If that's you, why wait? Prepare to thrive in a dynamic and fulfilling career by starting this course today.

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Introduction to System Design & Processes

System Requirement and Development

Functional Architecture Development & Decomposition

Physical & Operational Architecture Development

Advanced Diploma in Principles of Engineering System Design - First Assessment

Qualification Planning & Design Process

System Design

Modeling Techniques and Simulation

Bondgraph Modelling & Decision Making

Advanced Diploma in Principles of Engineering System Design - Second Assessment

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain a systems engineering plan for a project.
  • Compare the applicability of any proposed process strategy for the methodology for systems engineering.
  • Arrange the most essential systems engineering tools to realistic problems.
  • Recognize the value and limitations of modeling and simulation.
  • Determine the effects of cost on various aspects like manufacture, maintenance, and disposal on the system.
  • Describe an effective plan for gathering and using data in the design process.
  • Recall what the stage-gate process, the spiral process, and the system vee processes are.
  • Recognize how different personality types affect the team's performance.
  • Identify the functions to be provided in the engineering system in order to provide the necessary output from a system.
  • Recall the standards existing for communication systems.


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