To provide the learner with sufficient understanding of the nature of complex systems and how they can be designed and managed so that they can apply this to any engineering context, either as designers, managers or operators, but initially in their work-place.
Furthermore, to provide them with a greater understanding of the inter-connectedness of complex engineered systems and the environment in which they operate, including the physical, political and societal dimensions.
By the end of the module students will be able to:
Identify fundamental characteristics of systems in industrial/engineering contexts.
Apply structured methods to manage the complexity inherent in most engineered systems when defining system requirements.
Evaluate how different stakeholder perspectives can be accommodated within an engineering system problem.
Analyse the structure, capabilities and limitations of an existing system within their engineering sector.