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Systems engineering: Challenging complexity

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This free course, Systems engineering: Challenging complexity, examines system engineering and why it is important. 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.

Course learning outcomes

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?

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