COIT20275 - Systems Science and Engineering

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you are introduced to the discipline of Systems Engineering, and how Systems Engineering is positioned within the broader context of Systems Science. While a major emphasis is the Systems Engineering lifecycle and the benefits that arise from adopting a lifecycle perspective to system design, key design attributes (usability, reliability, maintainability and sustainability) and their integration into the overall lifecycle are also discussed. Management issues (baselines, testing, configuration management, development methodologies and standards) are addressed.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.11% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit Coordinator reflection
The learning outcomes focus on specific aspects of the systems engineering lifecycle, leaving little scope for broader aspects of systems science to be covered
Review learning outcomes and unit content to ensure sufficient coverage of systems science
Action Taken
Implemented. The learning outcomes were updated to match content in an Update Unit Proposal for Term 1, 2021.
Source: Tertiary Education Division and Course Committee
Is an exam essential for the unit?
Review the assessment regime to identify an appropriate end of term assessment item
Action Taken
Implemented. The final exam was replaced by a new assessment since Term 1, 2021.
Source: Unit Coordinator's Self Reflection
Students enjoy team-based authentic assignments in this unit.
Continue to provide authentic assessments in the unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Use systems thinking and a lifecycle approach to analyse and devise solutions for complex problems
  2. Critically review the key management activities that underpin Systems Engineering projects
  3. Justify the use of the top-down, stakeholder focused, lifecycle driven approach that characterises the Systems Engineering process
  4. Critically review the key engineering activities that underpin Systems Engineering projects.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
1 - Written Assessment