CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT20275 Systems Science and Engineering
Systems Science and Engineering
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General Information

Overview

Systems engineering considers both the business and the technical needs of all customers, with the goal of providing a quality product that meets the user requirements. In this unit you will focus on the realisation and deployment of successful systems through the structured development process that proceeds through the entire systems life-cycle.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite or Corequisite BUSN20016 Research in Business

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Take Home Exam
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit Coordinator reflection

Feedback

The learning outcomes focus on specific aspects of the systems engineering lifecycle, leaving little scope for broader aspects of systems science to be covered

Recommendation

Review learning outcomes and unit content to ensure sufficient coverage of systems science

Feedback from Tertiary Education Division and Course Committee

Feedback

Is an exam essential for the unit?

Recommendation

Review the assessment regime to identify an appropriate end of term assessment item

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the processes of development and management of systems over the systems life cycle
  2. Critically evaluate the importance of feedback control loop and human factors in the preliminary and detailed system design
  3. Critically evaluate and report the common management processes used in the development, implementation and disposal of real or simulated systems
  4. Apply appropriate processes in the optimisation of systems using reliability testing, sustainability and evaluation.

N/A

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Take Home Exam - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Take Home Exam - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Systems Engineering Practice Revised Edition (2018) (2018)

Authors: M.J. Ryan and I. Faulconbridge
Argos Press
Canberra Canberra , ACT , Australia
ISBN: 978-1-921138-07-2
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper copy, they are available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code). eBooks are available at the publisher's website.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • MS Office
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Pethigamage Perera Unit Coordinator
k.l.perera@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

The systems landscape

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Intoduction to Systems Engineering

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Requirements engineering

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Conceptual design

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Preliminary design

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Detailed design and development; Construction/production

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 5; Textbook: Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Operational use and system support; Testing

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 7; Textbook: Chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Development approaches

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Design for usability

Chapter

Online material

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Design for reliability and maintainability

Chapter

Online material

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Producibility, disposability and sustainability

Chapter

Online material

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 11 Friday (2 Oct 2020) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Systems engineering management; Systems Engineering Standards

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 8; Textbook: Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Take-home exam Due: Review/Exam Week Friday (16 Oct 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

In this group assignment (the group size is to be 3, although variations may need to be made by the tutor depending on the class size) you are to critically review a key Systems Engineering process or practice. The review is to be general - there is no requirement for it to be grounded in a case study. The topic and details for this assessment will be available on the unit website in Week 1.



Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Two weeks after the due date.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Marking Assessment Criteria: Total marks out of 60; weighting is 30%. 

  1. Introduction (5 marks)
  2. Stakeholder needs (10 marks)
  3. Conceptual design process (20 marks)
  4. System requirements (5 marks)
  5. Conclusion (5 marks)
  6. Research skills (10 marks)
  7. Layout and presentation (5 marks)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
One submission per group

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the processes of development and management of systems over the systems life cycle
  • Critically evaluate the importance of feedback control loop and human factors in the preliminary and detailed system design
  • Critically evaluate and report the common management processes used in the development, implementation and disposal of real or simulated systems
  • Apply appropriate processes in the optimisation of systems using reliability testing, sustainability and evaluation.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

In this group assignment (the group size is to be 3, although variations may need to be made by the tutor depending on the class size) you are to critically review a key Systems Engineering process or practice. The review is to be general - there is no requirement for it to be grounded in a case study. The topic and details for this assessment will be available on the unit website in Week 1




Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (2 Oct 2020) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Two weeks after the due date.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Marking Assessment Criteria: Total marks out of 40;  weighting is 20%.

  1. Introduction (2.5 marks)
  2. Overview of the process / practice (purpose, inputs, outputs, staging, supporting processes) (5 marks)
  3. Discussion of the approaches/methods typically employed in the process / practice (20 marks)
  4. Conclusion (2.5 marks)
  5. Research skills (5 marks)
  6. Layout and presentation (5 marks)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
Online Individual

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the processes of development and management of systems over the systems life cycle
  • Critically evaluate the importance of feedback control loop and human factors in the preliminary and detailed system design
  • Critically evaluate and report the common management processes used in the development, implementation and disposal of real or simulated systems
  • Apply appropriate processes in the optimisation of systems using reliability testing, sustainability and evaluation.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

3 Take Home Exam

Assessment Title
Take-home exam

Task Description

Take-home exam should take you about 3 hours to complete. However, you will be given a 24-hour period, during which time you will need to download the exam questions from the unit’s Moodle website, provide typed answers to the questions in a Word document and upload this document in the submission area in Moodle.

You will be required to download the question paper from the "Take-home exam" assessment area on the moodle when the link becomes available (the date and the time will be notified). The assessment area will contain the submission link. You are to upload your completed Word document in Moodle before the due date and time.

Exam advice will be made available in Week 10.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Friday (16 Oct 2020) 9:00 am AEST

online individual


Return Date to Students

The marks for your assessed answer script will be made available on Certification of Grades day


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

There are 5 essay type questions each contains two parts (a) and (b). 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
online Individual

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the processes of development and management of systems over the systems life cycle
  • Critically evaluate the importance of feedback control loop and human factors in the preliminary and detailed system design
  • Critically evaluate and report the common management processes used in the development, implementation and disposal of real or simulated systems
  • Apply appropriate processes in the optimisation of systems using reliability testing, sustainability and evaluation.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?