IP500616 - Fundamentals of Systems Engineering - Product, Process, People and Performance


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 100/100 1 semesters ALLE

Course content


  • What is a System?
  • Systems Hierarchy & Complexity
  • Decomposition and Encapsulation
  • Practical Examples
  • Physical Systems - Class, instances, objects


  • Artificial x Natural System - Design Principles & Methods
  • Design of Systems, Subsystems and System of Systems

Methods and Analysis:

  • Lifecycle Characteristics
  • Decision Gates, Lifecycle stages, Pre-concept, Concept, Development, Production, Operation, Support, Retirement
  • Value Chain Overview Product and Process
  • Flowing through the system
  • LEAN Principles
  • System Architecture Process
  • Product Creation Process
  • Basic sources for process managements

People and Performance:

  • Perceptual Aspect - How "good" is perceived among stakeholders?
  • Decision Making Theory
  • Measures of Merit
  • Decision Matrix and AHP
  • Decision Tree - What is the "value" of a decision?

Complex Systems Theory:

  • Complexity theory applied to SE
  • Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom (DIKW)
  • Five Aspects of Complexity Taxonomy
  • Near-decomposable systems
  • Industrial Case Studies
  • Combining Methods
  • SE techniques x non-SE Techniques
  • RSC and Epoch-Era Analysis

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental components of engineered systems
  • Understand how products, processes, people and performance are connected for a given system
  • Understanding the mission and performance concept in these systems.
  • Be acquainted with state of the art literature for systems engineering.
  • Apply SE techniques, with preliminary requirements, analyses and evaluation.

The student should understand the complexity of large engineering projects:

  • Understanding the mapping between Form/Function of a design problem.
  • Converging these basic design problem to a specific research question within engineering design.
  • Filter state of art literature of methods and analyses to specific problems of their research.
  • Identify these methods in real engineer systems, applying them to solve a specific problem from their research.

Learning methods and activities

The course is organized with lectures on background topics, examples and exercises in class (case studies). The case studies will be solved individually or in groups and documented in a project report.

Compulsory assignments

  • 6 Assignments

Further on evaluation

Project Work (100%)

Re-sit exam: following semester.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Naval Architecture (850MD)
Naval Architecture (850ME)
Product and System Engineering (840MD)
Product and Systems Design (845ME)

Course materials

Lecture Notes

Nasa Systems Engineering Handbook

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Marine Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100 ALLE





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Approved report 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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