This Systems Engineering programme has been developed as a practice-based systems engineering (PBSE) suite of courses where the University presents the theoretical background and participating industry organisations, in which the students are employed, provide opportunities to apply the material on real projects. The systems engineering world, as seen through the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), is moving from document-centric approaches to model-based systems engineering (MBSE). Many international projects are using MBSE and tools are widely available today. MBSE requires a curriculum that prepares a new breed of systems engineers. To develop MBSE skills there is a need to shift the focus from systems engineering processes and management to include a technical component which addresses the “how to” (skill). This programme facilitates this shift.
Curriculum Outline/Modules taught
There are six modules that form part of the PBSE programme:
- Introduction to systems engineering (prerequisite for other modules).
- Requirements analysis
- Systems engineering management
- Modelling and simulation
- Implementation, integration, verification and validation.
Other postgraduate courses can be substituted for some of these courses. The courses are also offered as stand-alone short courses through the Transnet Centre for Systems Engineering based in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at Wits
- 31 May 2018
- 31 October 2018
The programme is offered part-time consisting of coursework and a research project.
Systems engineering is a critical capability for engineering large, complex projects in the South African industries, such as electricity generation, transportation, aerospace, construction. Systems engineers with the appropriate levels of competence are in short supply, not only in South Africa but internationally.
Enrolment criteria/Admission requirements
A 4-year Engineering degree (or equivalent) At least 3 years of relevant working experience in the industry. Employed in an organisation where the material can be applied.