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MM4SEH Systems Engineering and Human Factors
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  13/14

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Target Students: MEng students from across Engineering Faculty, MSc students from Human Factors, Human Computer Interaction, Environmental Engineering, other Engineering MSc programmes, students on Manufacturing Engineering EngD and HORIZON DTC.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The module fills a current gap in Engineering teaching by addressing systems analysis and development across a range of applications. It is vital that students learn that technical, human, organizational and economic factors must be addressed when understanding the operation and potential failure in existing systems, and in developing requirements, implementation and evaluation approaches for social and socio-technical systems, and for systems of systems. Particular attention will be paid to distributed (in time and space) systems and ones with elements of automated processes (all of which will have to interact with human and organizational elements at some point and time). Examples will be drawn from the practical applied work in a range of sectors of the module conveners and their colleagues.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Two hours of lectures per week.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 80 2 hour examination (3 out of 5 questions) 
Assignment 20 Individual systems analysis 

Dr R Houghton

Education Aims:  The aims of the module are to enable students to understand the nature of systems, to be introduced to systems engineering, to learn methods of establishing and representing systems requirements to feed into the design process, and to emphasise the vital importance of integrating human factors into systems development for technical and social systems.

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of systems, systems engineering and a systems approach to projects and developments
  • Learn about techniques for systems analysis, user needs identification and requirements specification and representation
  • Develop understanding of organizational and social systems design priorities for work systems design including hours of work, satisfaction and motivation and team design
  • Understand approaches to implementing and evaluating systems changes including participatory processes

    Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

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