Course syllabus

IMS105 - Fundamentals of systems engineering
Utveckling av komplexa system

IMS105 IMS105 Fundamentals of systems engineering lp2 HT22 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Industrial and Materials Science

Dag Bergsjö, Main lecturer and examinator

IMS105 - Fundamentals of systems engineering
Utveckling av komplexa system

Course syllabus adopted 2022-06-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMOB    
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English

General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements
No specific.


  • The aim of the course is to create an awareness of Engineering Complex Systems and the ability to specify, model and evaluate complex systems. The course will be taught with references to other courses with design and project content.
  • Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to):
    • Explain the role of systems engineering in complex projects.
    • Explain the most important Systems Engineering standards and the main vocabulary of the systems engineer.
    • Be able to describe key steps in the systems engineering process, from Stakeholder analysis though Requirement management and systems modelling towards end-of-life cycle.
    • Be able to apply some of the methods and tools of systems engineering for a representative multi technology system.

It is not an explicit objective of this class to prepare students for the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP/CSEP) examination. However, students are encouraged to pursue this certification on their own.

The course will include lectures on the following topics:

  • Systems Engineering Introduction
  • Stakeholders identification and analysis
  • Requirements management
  • Systems Architecture
  • Systems Modelling
  • Systems integration and interface management
  • Verification and Validation
  • Commissioning and operations
  • Lifecycle management

The course will have four major application sectors presented, with guest lectures from: Railway systems, Automotive systems, Aerospace Systems and Nautical Systems. (The course will also include examples regarding space systems).

Guest Lectures from industry will be invited to participate and present perspectives on Systems Engineering in the course.

The course will feature modules with pre-recorded Lectures, System Modelling computer lab, pre-recorded and live interviews and guest-lectures. Each module will be evaluated using quiz, tutorials, and exercises. In relation to all modules there will also be planned seminars and Q&A sessions.

Nasa Systems Engineering Handbook, 2021. (free)

Additional literature:
INCOSE. Systems Engineering Handbook: A Guide for System Life Cycle Processes and Activities. 4th ed. Wiley, 2015 (available for free as a student member if INCOSE also available to purchase as pdf file for limited cost).

ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015, Systems and Software Engineering¿System Life Cycle Processes

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination is based on a written take home exam and approved assignments and laboratory exercises.

  • Take-home examination: 3 credits (Graded 5 - Fail)
  • Project work: 3 credits (Graded 5 - Fail)
  • In class assignments (computer tutorials): 1,5 credits (Graded Pass/Fail)

To calculate your final grade you will summarise your points given from each part and divide by 8. The minimum amount of points are also required to be approved.

  • Take home exam, maximum 22 points (minimum 10 points for grade 3)
  • Lab Part 1, the Gondola lab. Maximum 11 points (minimum 5 points for grade 3)
  • Lab part 2, the Systems Modelling lab. Maximum 11 points (minimum 5 points for grade 3)

Example 1: Home exam 10 points, Lab part 1, 5 points, Lab part 2 5 points. Total score = 20 points. 20/8 = 2,5 (rounded up for grade 3). Also all parts have achieved the minimal score, grade given is 3.

Example 2: Home exam 14 points, Lab part 1, 3 points, Lab part 2 6 points. Total score = 23 points. 20/8 = 2,875 (rounded up for grade 3). However Lab part 1 did not score the minimum required score, so an extra assignment to improve the score on Lab part 1 is required.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

Course summary:

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