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Course Overview 

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles of Systems Engineering thinking across the life cycle, from concept through development and operation to disposal. It applies a range of tools and techniques that are fundamental to the design, development, verification and operation of systems at all levels, and is equally applicable for use for the planning and management of changes within organisations and infrastructure.

Delivery Options

Open Public Classroom Course: 3 Days

Is This Course For Me?

This course is suitable for anyone involved in developing systems or managing them through the life cycle from concept to disposal; Systems Engineers, Project Engineers, Supportability Engineers, Project and Programme Managers, or Engineering Managers - within industry, government or military organisations. The content covers a mixture of theory and practical methods, supported by class discussion, case studies and workshops, utilising experience from a range of sectors including Aerospace, Defence, Naval Maritime and Nuclear, that personnel involved in developing systems and solutions or Customers acquiring systems and solutions can apply. 

Course Outline

The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to systems thinking from the life cycle view, hence the content will cover how life cycle considerations for manufacture, support and disposal can be integrated in to the initial requirements and development of a system.

The course will take similar approaches and how these methods can then be applied to development of manufacture, ILS and in-service support and disposal in their own right and explore how the approaches are applicable in the wider environment of defining changes in organisation and operations, or infrastructure.
In addition the course also considers the techniques associated with Design change and Configuration Management, Certification and Obsolescence Management and the relationship to Quality, Standards and Governance.

Students will receive three days of training, which will include case studies assessing systems issues and applying some of the techniques and experience from real applications 

Students will also complete a team-based workshop over the three days to take them through stages of planning to develop a system, using experience from real development programmes, which delegates will present on the final day.

Course content.

Day 1

Introduction to systems and systems thinking, analysis of systems issues, V model, requirements Engineering and specifications, Systems definition methods, Systems and System Boundaries, case studies. Commencement of group workshop.

Day 2

Principles of Systems design and Architecture, Technology roadmaps, use of Commercial off the Shelf solutions. Application of Systems Engineering concepts across the product life cycle. Verification and Validation techniques and systems maturity analysis. Relevant associated engineering methods and standards. Introduction to Configuration and Obsolescence management and their relationship to systems engineering. Case studies and group workshop.

Day 3

Systems thinking and Risk Management. Quality, Governance and the use of Standards, Principles of Certification. Case studies. Completion of group workshop and presentation of the systems solutions. 

Course Locations:

Open Public Classroom Course
Allan Webb’s Public Classroom Courses are delivered at the Delta by Marriott, Cheltenham Chase, Shurdington Road, Brockworth, Gloucester GL3 4PB.

Post Course Progression:

Successful delegates who then apply to the IIOM for membership will be recognised at Associate level. Existing IIOM members can apply to have their membership upgraded to Associate Level.

Course costs do not include IIOM Membership or upgraded Membership Fees.


Classroom Course: £1,140 + VAT

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Upcoming Courses

Date: 9th - 11th November 2021
Location: Delta by Marriott, Cheltenham Chase.

Bespoke Courses

Allan Webb also offers bespoke courses to meet the needs of our clients. If our public course offerings are not quite what you are looking for, please get in touch to discuss your requirements. From mixing and matching modules from existing courses, to arranging on-site or in-house sessions for large groups on a convenient date, Allan Webb works with our clients to ensure that they get the experience that works for them.
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