ELEC ENG 3100 - Systems Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This course provides an introduction to systems engineering, with the goal of preparing BE(Hons)(E&E) graduates for modern engineering practice. Topics include: System thinking; The principles of systems engineering and systems management; Life cycle management; System engineering process overview. Requirements management: user requirements, functional analysis, system requirements, verification, system architecture, system and subsystem design, validation and test and evaluation; Engineering review processes; System engineering tools; Through life sustainment of systems; Design and operation of product-service systems; Engineering of enduring systems; Relationship to project management.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 3100
    Course Systems Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ELEC ENG 2103
    Incompatible ELEC ENG 4055
    Assumed Knowledge Completion of at least two years of an engineering degree
    Assessment Assignments, project performance and quiz
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Madhulika Tripathi

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain engineering design and product lifecycles in the context of the professional career
    2 Explain how system engineering methodologies make for an orderly design process
    3 Discuss how intended use guides the development of socio-technical systems
    4 Develop and evaluate systems requirements
    5 Analyse and decompose system requirements into functions and design requirements
    6 Plan the design process
    7 Create a system design concept that can be verified against the requirements
    8 Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of system thinking and service thinking
    9 Outline how product-service systems can be designed to support in-service systems
    10 Demonstrate professional skills including participation in and running meetings; effective team membership and leadership; preparation of professional standard documentation based on templates from a business management system.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.3   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-3, 5-7, 9
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 4, 6, 7, 8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    6, 8, 9, 10
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 4, 9, 10
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Concept Development 20 Group Summative Week 3 1. 2. 3. 10.
    Requirements Engineering 25 Group Summative Week 5 1. 2. 3. 4. 10.
    System Architecture 20 Group Summative Week 7 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
    SE Management Plan 0 Week 9 3. 10.
    Class Quiz 10 Individual Summative Week 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Engineering Review 15 Group Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
    Professional Team Evaluation 10 Individual Summative Week 12 10.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i   

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    Here is a summary of changes to assessment in this course as a result of the transfer to virtual model of teaching.

    Assessments 1 (completed), 2, and 3 are submitted online and there are currently no changes to these, including submission dates.

    We understand that the new virtual model of delivery might still be challenging to students. For assignment #2, I will send out a survey in Week 5 (workshop) to ask if groups are still ok with the original deadline. Else we can discuss an extension.

    Assessment 5 (worth 10%) is similar in contents to the other assignments (including submission), but the information is collected by each group conducting an interview another group (a review of their assignment) - more information in future lecture videos. This is due in Week 12.

    Assessment 6 is an individual assignment, but is very similar to the other assignments in these courses. The assignment is completed and submitted individually by each student in Week 13.

    Assessment 4 is a quiz conducted in Week 10 during the workshop session, worth 10% of the course. This will be an online quiz (no change in weighting). Once the quiz is set up, I will post an announcement about the details - after the Term break. There are no changes to the contents or format of the quiz, as yet.
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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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