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Course module: 202000023
Systems Engineering
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000023
Credits (ECTS)2
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
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Lecturer K. Nizamis
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Academic year2021
Starting block
RemarksPart of Semester 4 B-ME (UT-VU)
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After successfully completing this course:
  • describe the basics of the systems engineering process;
  • Employ systems thinking
  • Select and use appropriate system design tools for the task at hand
  • Obtain and maintain overview in a multidisciplinary design project
  • Create useful overviews representing the system under design in its context
  • Recognize and understand high-tech systems and their integration
  • Recognize the practical and theoretical underpinnings of system design principles

This is a part of Semester 4 of the Bachelor Mechanical Engineering (UT-VU) See here for the compete description of this semester.

SYSTEM ENGINEERING is the seventh course in the DESIGN & MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING learning line.
Systems engineering is an approach of the design process aiming at creating successful systems efficiently and effectively. This course provides an introduction to the subject. The systems engineering process originates from defence and aerospace projects, and from large civil engineering projects. It is also used in developing complex high-tech systems and (production) facilities. While systems engineering is often described as “divide and conquer”, proper systems engineering is, in fact, a holistic approach. A systems engineer will keep the big picture in mind always. This big picture involves the system in its use scenario, takes all stakeholders into account and addresses the entire life-cycle of the system. The course will give an introduction to the field of systems engineering. We will look at various models for the systems engineering process. Further, a number of tools will be presented that are helpful in the development of systems. These tools, on the one hand, help to keep the big picture, and on the other hand, help to define system parts. In addition, we intend to teach a number of ways of thinking that lead to well-functioning and value-creating systems.

Please note: This course takes place in Amsterdam and is only accessible for BSc UT-VU ME students.

Participating study
Bachelor Mechanical Engineering-VU
Required materials
Bonnema, G. M., K. T. Veenvliet and J. F. Broenink (2016). Systems Design and Engineering: facilitating multidisciplinary development projects. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press.
Course material
Lecture Slides.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes


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