Systems Engineering | Overview *online course*


The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the processes and management practices associated with the systems engineering discipline. The course highlights how systems engineering principles can be applied to projects, and what products to expect from the systems engineering effort. This Overview course provides a gentle introduction to our Introduction to Systems Engineering which is the first three days of the five-day course: Systems Engineering Practice.

Duration: The course will be structured into two modules which can be undertaken across two consecutive days 9.30am to 12:30pm each day.

Delivery mode: Online

What you will receive:

  • Comprehensive electronic course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of attendance

Affiliated courses: CLC Management (3 days), CLC Program Artefacts (2 days) CLC Project Artefacts (2 days), and Introduction to Systems Engineering (3 days), Systems Engineering Practice (5 days)


Anyone within Government or industry requiring an understanding of how Defence does business with regard to the capability systems development process, including, but not limited to: business managers, business development managers, contract managers, project managers, capability development staff, systems engineers, and project technical staff.


Systems Engineering Processes Introduction

History and definitions | Systems life cycle | Benefits and relevance of systems engineering | Systems engineering context | Systems engineering process | Analysis - synthesis - evaluation | Systems engineering framework


Conceptual Design

Business Needs and Requirements | Stakeholder Needs and Requirements | Feasibility analysis | Requirements analysis | Synthesis and evaluation | Systems Specification | Conceptual Design Review | Technical performance measures


Preliminary Design

Subsystem requirements analysis | Requirements allocation | Interface identification and design | Synthesis and evaluation | Specifications and baselines | Systems design reviews


Detailed Design and Development

Designing & integrating elements | Prototype development | Design reviews | Documentation


Construction and/or Production | Operational Use and Systems Support | Retirement


Professor Mike Ryan holds BE, MEngSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in systems engineering, electrical and ITEE colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (FINCOSE), and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML). Since 1981, he has held a number of positions in communications and systems engineering and in management and project management. Since 1998, he has been with the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, at the Australian Defence Force Academy where he is currently the Director of the Capability Systems Centre. His research and teaching interests are in communications and information systems, requirements engineering, systems engineering, project management, and technology management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, and is Co-Chair of the Requirements Working Group INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 250 technical papers and reports.


Dr Ian Faulconbridge has a Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelors degree in engineering and an MBA in project management. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in the electrical and aerospace colleges, a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE). Since 1990, he has held a number of engineering, project management and academic positions in the fields of avionics, simulation, radar, communications and information systems. He is the director of a Canberra-based engineering consultancy ( where he is an active industry consultant in both Government and private sectors. He is an Industry Fellow at UNSW, Canberra where he supports a number of programs within the School of Engineering and Information Technology. He is the author or co-author of a number of books covering radar, radar electronic warfare, avionics systems and systems engineering.


CANBERRA - Live simulcast | 9.30am to 12.30pm daily
10 June 2020 - 11 June 2020