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ES2D7 Systems and Software Engineering Principles

  • Module code: ES2D7
  • Module name: Systems and Software Engineering Principles
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Introduce students to the concept of systems engineering as a philosophy for management, operation and technical projects, especially to manage the interactions of complex systems. Guide students to expand their thinking about design to include the whole lifecycle. Give an overview of tools and methodologies used in industry delving more deeply into life cycle models and model based approaches to systems engineering. Ensure that students are able to consider functional and non-functional behaviour when creating requirements as well as predicting failure modes. Impress upon students the importance of correct specifications with traceable requirements on product success as well as on safety and the environment. Introduce a range of testing considerations and techniques which can be applied when designing a system alongside practical experience of design of experiment. Ensure students can write test procedures and produce a test report to prove a system design.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to • Demonstrate understanding of the overall concepts and need for a systems approach to engineering • Use a P-diagram to determine design considerations for a system. • Write requirements which cover functional and non-functional uses and behaviours including failure mode avoidance. • Describe the difference between verification and validation and specify suitable verification and validation criteria. • Specify a variety of tests and choose from different test techniques (including statistical) to ensure appropriate test coverage. • Write and critique a test report for acceptance of design.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures 15 x 1 hr Laboratory classes 3 x 2 hr Class/workshops 5 x 2 hr Timed Test 3 hr Revision Classes 2 x 1 hr TOTAL 36 Hours

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Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the module. Students must pass all elements greater than 30%

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES2D7-15)
CR (Assessed/examined work) Practical Computer Exercise 50%
  2 hour examination (Summer) (Resit) 50%
D (Assessed/examined work) Practical examinations 30%
  Group project 30%
  1 hr exam 40%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • BEng Biomedical Systems Engineering (H161) - Year 2
  • MEng Biomedical Systems Engineering (H163) - Year 2
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering (H315) - Year 2
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H316) - Year 2
  • MEng Systems Engineering (HH31) - Year 2
  • BEng Systems Engineering (HH35) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • BSc Engineering (H112) - Year 2
  • BEng Engineering (H113) - Year 2
  • MEng Engineering (H114) - Year 2
  • BEng Civil Engineering (H216) - Year 2
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H217) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering (H605) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (H606) - Year 2
  • BEng Electronic Engineering (H63W) - Year 2
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H63X) - Year 2
  • BSc Engineering and Business Studies (HN11) - Year 2