Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

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Study level
Continuing and further education
Closing dates
As long as there are available seats
Start up
Autumn 2019

What is Fundamentals of Systems Engineering (SEFS6102)?

This module presents the fundamental principles and processes for designing effective systems, including how to determine customer needs, how to distinguish between needs and solutions, and how to translate customer requirements into design specifications. The focus is on designing systems that not only provide the required capabilities, but that are reliable, supportable and maintainable throughout their lifecycle. The course (SEFS 6102) concludes with a Systems Requirements Review (SRR) in which students present their class projects.

Why study Fundamentals of Systems Engineering?

This course is a must for every professional. It presents the systems approach, which is pivotal to the innovative design of systems that fulfil effectively and efficiently identified needs and perceived opportunities. A clear understanding of systems engineering framework and of the global view that characterizes the systems approach is essential, regardless of the position held. From junior engineers to top managers inclusive, this course will add significant value by enabling all practitioners to unleash the power of a structured, yet innovative approach to problem solving. This course helps to shorten significantly the time required to develop a high level of professional maturity and excellence.

Who should take this course?

This course is addressed to all practitioners who wish to reinforce their education and extract the best from their experience. This course sets the foundation on which all, from junior engineers to top managers, can significantly develop their skills and capabilities. This course is meant for all practitioners, from all industry or academic fields, and at all levels of responsibility in their organizations.

What you will learn

This course presents the origin and concept of systems engineering. Emphasis is on how to determine customer needs, separating the problem and the solution domain. The life-cycle phases are presented and the elements of the systems approach are explained. The main systems engineering models (Waterfall, Vee, Spiral) are addressed, coupled with a thorough explanation of the current systems engineering framework. The concept of stakeholders and of Concept of Operations are introduced. Stakeholder requirements and system requirements are explained, showing their differences ad connections.  The identification of design concepts and the selection of a preferred one are explained, and it is shown how functional analysis leads to the system architecture. The role of formal design reviews, verification, validation and integration are covered. Finally, the concepts of families of systems (federations of systems and systems of systems) are presented. The entire course is illustrated with abundant industry examples, and a team project is done during the week, to enable the application of the presented concepts.


  • Week 36: 2nd - 6th September


The courses are organized as intensive one-week courses each with 5 days of lectures.  During this week, the lectures last from 0830 to 1630 each day. The courses are a mixture of lectures and work in groups.  Masterstudents and others taking courses for credit will work on a written assignment which is due 10 weeks after the end of the course.  A completed course with approved written assignment will give 7.5 studypoints.  


The price for attending a course depends on whether you take the course for credit or not.  To get credit for the course, you need to hand in a written assignment.

  • Alternative 1: Attendance only kr. 16.000,-
  • Alternative 2: Attendance and written assignment kr. 21.000,-

The price includes course material, coffee and lunch during the course. For alternative 2, the price also includes supervision and grading of the written assignment.


The registration deadline for each course is 2 weeks before course starts.

We accept registrations also after the deadline, provided there are available seats. Each course has a limited number of seats, so please sign up early. We reserve the right to cancel courses with too low participation.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree in engineering.

Master level courses require a C average.


See: English requirements for admission to our master programmes taught in English.

The admission requirements are founded on the regulations regarding admission.

Study facts

Workshops – Kongsberg


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