Start Date: Mon 4 Sep 17 or Mon 8 Jan 18 (subject to demand), study spread over 5 years.
This course is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of the Technology School, Defence Academy.
The Systems Engineering for Defence Capability (SEDC) course offers a full time and flexible part time variant of the MSc, PgDip and PgCert programmes. Both variants are delivered by a combination of classroom-based lectures, workshops, exercises and electronic learning. The taught phase provides comprehensive coverage of modern systems engineering principles, practices, methods and tools, and places great emphasis on their practical application. In order to develop skills in understanding and tackling complex problems in the real world, we make extensive use of case studies and student investigation.
Aims of the PGCert: To provide, at postgraduate level, an overview of some of the principles, procedures and practices of Systems Engineering (SE) to enable students to consider the implementation and application, in their current and future appointments, to contribute more effectively to the delivery of defence capability.
Aims of the PGDip: To provide postgraduate education in the principles, procedures and practices of SE to enable students to appraise and evaluate the implementation and application in their current and future appointments in order to contribute to the most effective possible delivery of defence capability.
Aims of the MSc: To provide postgraduate education in the principles, procedures and practices of SE to enable students to appraise and evaluate the implementation and application of SE in their current and future appointments in order to contribute to the most effective possible delivery of defence capability. To develop and demonstrate their technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills by completing an individual thesis requiring the application of systems engineering to a real-world problem
- Distinguish between systems and complex systems
- Recognise complex systems and their associated problems
- Design cost-effective, timely and effective complex systems
- Defend adopting a systems approach over other methods of solving complex systems problems
- Analyze the principal influences and constraints on the modern defence environment
- Use systems engineering methods to explore defence lifecycle issues
- Recognise a complex Systems Engineering problem which can be solved using knowledge acquired during the taught phase of the course
- Assess evidence gathered through self-directed research;
- Defend the validity of their conclusions in relation to their chosen complex systems engineering problem.
- Apply systems knowledge and systems thinking to the decision making process in relation to systems' problems in a constantly changing defence environment comprising people, doctrine, technology, time and budget
- Formulate a Systems Engineering approach to Through Life Management Planning, Requirements Engineering, System Design, Trade-offs, Verification, Validation and Integrated Test and Evaluation
- Assemble stakeholder needs and constraints, making appropriate use of requirements management techniques
- Analyse realistic problems which occur in a constantly changing defence environment (comprising people, doctrine, technology, time and budget) and may be solved using complex decision-making processes
- Organise a tailored, whole system, through-life approach to explore a complex problem, using appropriate methods and tools
- Judge the quality of systems engineering practices applied by industry and government in the defence environment
- Propose a practical systems approach to accommodate both industrial and governmental ideology.
Assess risk and uncertainty in complex systems
- Propose suitable resources to mitigate risk and uncertainty in complex systems
- Construct simple models, using modern techniques, tools and processes such as Synthetic Environments, to facilitate defence acquisition;
Appraise Systems Engineering published work to justify and support their line of reasoning
- Express effectively, through oral and written communication, their justified line of reasoning
- Critically analyse practical situations requiring complex decision-making to solve dynamic systems problems involving people, doctrine, technology, time and cost
- Organise a balanced, whole system, through life approach and exploit appropriate methods and tools
- Critically compare and contrast industrial best practices in SE with defence acquisition and propose how to achieve a practical systems approach
- Assemble evidence to support their line of reasoning and conclusions for their chosen complex Systems Engineering problem in conjunction with dependent and independent learning abilities
- Write a thesis to convey the problem, assessment, defence and conclusions associated with their identified complex systems engineering problem.
A key development course to support the needs of the business.
There are no restrictions for this course.
There are no exemptions for this course.
Normally a 1st or 2nd class Honours degree in an appropriate discipline, or equivalent, plus relevant postgraduate professional experience. Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7.
Takes you on to impressive career prospects across a range of roles commensurate with your experience. This includes membership of multidisciplinary teams in acquisition, supply or research organisations. This could be in both general systems engineering roles or as a focal point for specific skills such as availability, reliability and maintenance (ARM), human factors, requirements, architecture test and evaluation, etc. It is also applicable to key roles in MOD acquisition such as PT leader, capability manager and requirements manager. This course is centrally funded less T&S and is primarily aimed at mid career officers (Major (OF3) rank) and above, equivalent grade MOD Civil Servants, in an associated career field or employment.
- Systems Approach to Engineering
- Lifecycle Processes Introduction
- Lifecycle Processes Advanced
- Capability Context;
Advanced Systems Thinking
- Systems Engineering Workshop
- Architecture Frameworks
- Availability, Reliability, Maintainability and Support Strategy
- Decision Analysis, Modelling and Support
- Human Factors Integration
- Introduction to Defence Capability
- Lifecycle Management; Simulation & Synthetic Environments
- Advanced Systems Engineering Workshop
Accreditation: The award of Systems Engineering for Defence Capability MSc/PgDip meets the educational requirements for the Engineering Council UK's register of Chartered Engineers (CEng); the course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Assessment: Coursework, examination, presentation, portfolio and an individual thesis (MSc only).
This course is part time residential attendance.
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