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ES2D7-15 Systems and Software Engineering Principles

School of Engineering
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Thomas Popham
Credit value
Module duration
15 weeks
50% coursework, 50% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

ES2D7-15 Systems and Software Engineering Principles

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Module aims

Introduce students to the concept of systems engineering and systems thinking. Guide students to expand their thinking about design to incorporate structured methods from Systems and Software Engineering including model based approaches. 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 and traceable requirements on product success as well as on safety and the environment. Exploit the synergies between Systems and Software Engineering processes to introduce formal software engineering to students.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Introduction to systems concepts & systems thinking
Systems Lifecycle model (i.e. ISO 15288)
Systems and software development approaches: System Vee, Agile, Waterfall, MBSE
Verification and Validation
Eliciting and analysing user needs (inc. Kano analysis)
Eliciting and writing requirements
P diagrams, FMEA analysis
SysML: use-case, block, activity, state, sequence diagrams
Stateflow as a tool

Object orientated approach: Classes, methods and inheritance.
Software testing techniques

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Select, apply and evaluate approaches to system and software development, including V-model, Waterfall, Agile and MBSE [C6, M6, C13, M13]
  • Use a system modelling language (such as SysML) to communicate a system design from key perspectives (e.g. behavioural, structural) [C6, M6]
  • Use appropriate tools to elicit stakeholder needs and write functional and non-functional requirements [C5, M5].
  • Apply object-orientated techniques for solving complex problems [C3, M3].
Indicative reading list

Blanchard, Benjamin S., and W. J. Fabrycky. Systems Engineering and Analysis. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited, 2014.. ISBN-13 978-1292025971
A. P. Sage, J. E. Armstrong. Introduction to Systems Engineering. Wiley Series in Systems Engineering. Wiley 2000 ISBN-13: 978-0471027669
A. Kossiakoff. “Systems Engineering Principles and Practice” Wiley Series in Systems Enigneering. Wiley 2002 ISBN-13: 978-0470405482
Wasson, C., "System Analysis, Design, and Development: Concepts, Principles, and Practices." Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management. Wiley 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0471393337

PYSTER, A., OLWELL, D. H. The Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) – continuously updated WIKI

Subject specific skills

Ability to conceive, make and realise a component, product, system or process.
Ability to be pragmatic, taking a systematic approach and the logical and practical steps necessary for, often complex, concepts to become reality.
Ability to seek to achieve sustainable solutions to problems and have strategies for being creative and innovative.

Transferable skills

Numeracy: apply mathematical and computational methods to communicate parameters, model and optimize solutions.
Apply problem solving skills, information retrieval, and the effective use of general IT facilities.
Communicate (written and oral; to technical and non-technical audiences) and work with others.

Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including time management, which may be as a team member or leader

Awareness of the nature of engineering business and enterprise in the creation of economic and social value

Overcome difficulties by employing skills, knowledge and understanding in a flexible manner

Ability to formulate and operate within appropriate codes of conduct, when faced with an ethical issue

Appreciation of the global dimensions of engineering, customers, commerce and communication

Be professional in their outlook, be capable of team working, be effective communicators, and be able to exercise responsibility and sound management approaches.

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 13 sessions of 1 hour (9%)
Seminars 3 sessions of 2 hours (4%)
Practical classes 4 sessions of 2 hours (5%)
Private study 123 hours (82%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Private study: 123 hours (includes reading, completing assignment and preparation for exam)


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group C1
Weighting Study time
Individual Assignment 50%
QMP exam 50%

Open book exam

~Platforms - AEP,QMP

  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
Feedback on assessment

Individual assignment: formative feedback during labs, written feedback, cohort feedback
Exam: cohort feedback on exam performance

Past exam papers for ES2D7

Post-requisite modules

If you pass this module, you can take:

  • ES3H3-15 Intelligent System Design
  • ES3J1-15 Advanced Systems and Software Engineering


This module is Core for:

  • Year 2 of UESA-H335 BEng Automotive Engineering
  • Year 2 of UESA-H161 BEng Biomedical Systems Engineering
  • Year 2 of UESA-H315 BEng Mechanical Engineering
  • Year 2 of UESA-HH35 BEng Systems Engineering
  • Year 2 of UESA-H336 MEng Automotive Engineering
  • Year 2 of UESA-H163 MEng Biomedical Systems Engineering
  • Year 2 of UESA-H316 MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • UESA-HH31 MEng Systems Engineering
    • Year 2 of HH31 Systems Engineering
    • Year 2 of HH35 Systems Engineering

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 2 of UESA-H605 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering

This module is Option list A for:

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