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Systems Engineering Management

Systems Engineering Management


This module is designed to appeal to experienced System Designers who wish to step up to lead System Engineering teams. Many of the skills and subjects taught will be generic however some will be organisation specific delivered by organisation tutors.


On completion, students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand key principles and how to apply systems thinking techniques in conjunction with systems engineering management processes to manage teams in complex systems engineering projects.
  • Understand and critically discuss the uses of and differences between Systems Engineering Management, Programme, Project and Technical Management processes
  • Understand and apply risk management techniques and systems engineering management planning approaches to improve technical and fiscal outcomes
  • Critically discuss how the processes supporting development of the Systems Engineering Management Plan, integrates with Programme, Project and Technical Management processes to achieve goals and successful outcomes for the organisation and its customers.
  • Be able to critically evaluate system engineering competencies and soft skills necessary for successful systems-teams


  • Systems Thinking approaches – thinking in systems, soft systems method, emergence and systems dynamic
  • Overview of systems engineering processes (expanded in subsequent modules): Requirements Managements, Architecture, Supplier/Sub system management, Verification, Integration, Validation, Deployment, In-life management
  • Systems development lifecycle models e.g. the V model, and differences from project lifecycles
  • Introduction to programme and project management
  • Governance: business, legal, regulatory, technical, commercial, risk management
  • Introduction to measuring system team performance.
  • SE definition and role development
  • Tailoring to manage complex situations
  • Configuration and information management
  • Supply chain management
  • SE management planning, reporting, measurement and performance
  • Risk Management – theory and practice


Post Module Assignment (PMA) of 5,000 words (worth 80%) and in-module assessment (worth 20%).


1 week.