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Systems Engineering Free Course

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  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field of engineering focusing on how complex engineering projects should be designed and managed over their life cycles. It deals with work-processes and tools to manage risks on complex projects and is used in areas such as control engineering, industrial engineering, organizational studies, and project management.

    This free online course will give you a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of systems engineering. The course examines systems and why they are important and you will learn about modern engineering, systems methodologies, systems concepts, ways of thinking, and systems modelling and diagramming.

    This course will be of great interest to professionals who work in all engineering sectors and also to students of engineering, information technology, software development and management. The course will be helpful for anyone who would like to learn more about the use of diagrams, risk assessment and problem solving.

  • After studying this course you should be able to:
    - evaluate a specific example or case of a product development process in terms of the ‘waterfall’ life cycle model of software development;
    - classify new product developments as: fault correction, enhancements, new but similar products, radically different, revolutionary or iconoclastic products;
    - analyse the causes of a systems failure;
    - identify and evaluate the importance of the relationships of the factors leading up to system complication and complexity;
    - answer the question ‘why is systems engineering important?’
    - define the difference in process between science and engineering;
    - develop confidence in using systems concepts and language;
    - describe accurately the set of key systems concepts;
    - describe and use a general classification of models;
    - outline and discuss the process of systems modelling, where models are used as part of a systemic approach to a range of different situations;
    - appreciate diagrams as a powerful aid to thinking and acting;
    - distinguish between systems diagrams and diagrams helpful in systems work.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Modules List( 9 )
  • SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
  • Module 1: Reading materials
  • Module 1: Why systems engineering is important?
    • Introduction to systems engineering
    • What’s the problem?
    • Examples of problems that lead to failure of a complex systems project-Part 1
    • Examples of problems that lead to failure of a complex systems project-Part 2
    • Increasing complication, complexity and risk - Part 1
    • Increasing complication, complexity and risk - Part 2
    • Increasing complication, complexity and risk - Part 3
  • Module 2: Reading Materials
  • Module 2: What is modern engineering and systems?
    • The development of engineering
    • A modern view
    • What is systems- Part 1
    • What is systems- Part 2
    • Systems concepts- dynamic behaviour
  • Module 3: Systems methodologies for managing change
    • Systems methodologies for managing change: Hard systems approach
    • Systems methodologies for managing change- Soft system approach- Part 1
    • Systems methodologies for managing change- Soft system approach- Part 2
  • Module 4: Reading Materials
  • Module 4: What is systems engineering - The career of a concept
    • What is systems engineering? The career of a concept
    • The use of systems engineering in organisations
    • Methodologies associated with information technology
    • Systems engineering- the recent development of a discipline
  • Module 5: Reading Material
  • Module 5: The original course teams approach to systems engineering
    • Introduction- the general framework
    • The systems engineering methodology used in the course
  • Module 6: Reading Materials
  • Module 6 : Systems thinking and practice
    • Introduction- How to use this module
    • What is this systems thing about
    • Ways of thinking- part 1
    • Ways of thinking- part 2
    • Ways of thinking- part 3
    • Thinking summary
    • Systems thinking
    • Types of systems –Part 1
    • Types of systems –Part 2
  • Module 7: Reading Materials
  • Module 7: Systems modelling
    • Introduction
    • An introduction to models- Part 1
    • An introduction to models- Part 2
    • Systems modelling in practice
  • Module 8: Reading Materials
  • Module 8: Systems diagramming
    • Introduction
    • What is a diagram- Part 1
    • What is a diagram- Part 2
    • Why do people use diagrams- Part 1
    • Why do people use diagrams- Part 2
    • Why do people use diagrams- Part 3
    • Why do systems thinkers use diagrams- Part 1
    • Why do systems thinkers use diagrams- Part 2
  • References
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 9: Systems Engineering Assessment
    • Assessment
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 2: What is modern engineering and systems?
In this module you will learn to identify and evaluate the importance of relationships within the process and assess the relative importance of stakeholders. You will also be able to classify a systems engineering project in terms of the balance of demands, choice and constraints.
Topics List ( 3 )
Module 3: Systems methodologies for managing change
The use of systems concepts and models forms part of a process of investigation that is often described in the literature of systems, design and decision-making as a ‘methodology’, where a methodology is a process of enquiry, not a method to produce a predetermined result. This module will outline briefly the two major generic variants of systems methodologies.
Topics List ( 4 )
Module 4: What is systems engineering - The career of a concept
This module outlines the origin of systems engineering and systems analysis. We will look at the theory behind the Society for General Systems Theory, the philosophical theory of John Dewey and the use of systems engineering in organisations such as Bell Laboratories.
Topics List ( 2 )
Module 5: The original course teams approach to systems engineering
Module 5 will attempt to give definitive definitions of systems engineering and analysis. The aims and principles of engineering, and also a definition of process will be outlined, and we will also go back over the systems engineering methodology used in the course.
Topics List ( 4 )
Module 7: Systems modelling
Systems’ modelling is the interdisciplinary study of the use of models to conceptualize and construct systems.
Topics List ( 8 )
Module 8: Systems diagramming
Systems diagramming is essential when planning a project. This will allow you to show your thinking regarding an idea and whether or not these ideas will answer the design problem.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 9: Systems Engineering Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Course Features
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours

  • Publisher

    OpenLearn

  • Video

    No

  • Audio

    No

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    50 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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