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Systems Thinking in Engineering

Understand the concepts of systems engineering to improve decision-making during complex projects.
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Understand the concepts of systems engineering to improve decision-making during complex projects.

Engineers can no longer rely on traditional methods to deliver complex projects. Across all industries we are seeing increasing complexity due to:

  • rapid shifts in technology
  • urbanisation
  • availability of information 
  • scarce resources
  • the evolving connection between humans and machines. 

Organisations are fast adopting systems engineering practices to respond to this fluid and fast changing environment. 

In this self-paced course, you’ll learn how a systems engineering approach can help you understand and manage complexity and risk. You'll learn:

  • the concepts and principles that underpin the engineering of systems
  • the benefits of applying systems engineering to projects
  • how to bring all the working parts together to manage complex projects
  • tools, techniques and methods for creating secure systems capabilities
  • the importance of a 'whole-of-life’ view of the engineering of systems

At the end of the course, you'll have the knowledge to make better engineering decisions when managing complex projects with many contributors. You'll also have the skills to contribute to systems engineering capability in your workplace.

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*1% credit card surcharge applies.

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8 Hours, self-paced
Location & dates

1 January - 31 December

Additional Information

Once you register, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online platform to start this course.

We can arrange bulk registration packages for corporate clients.

This includes the option to set up an access code for your organisation, allowing your team to register for courses on demand, avoiding the need to request individual Purchase Orders.

We can also customise this course to align to your business objectives or L&D needs.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the principles of systems engineering
  • Compare complexity theory and systems thinking
  • Identify conceptual tools to work with complex systems
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits engineers and related professionals with 5 to 10 years' experience. 

It's relevant across all industries, sectors and disciplines.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

Why systems engineering?

  • Systems thinking meets engineering
  • Introduction to complexity and systems
  • The need for transdisciplinary and integrative systems engineering

A 'three systems approach' to systems engineering

  • Introducing the three systems
  • Developing the system of interest
  • Managing the process and organisation
  • Engaging with the context

Core technical systems engineering processes

  • Requirements analysis
  • Functional analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Verification and validation
Jawahar Bhalla (JB)
How you'll learn

This course is delivered through EEA Online, our digital learning platform.

You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks and learning checks.

It will take approximately eight hours to complete. As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.

Once you register for the course, you have 90 days to complete it.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a digital badge as evidence of your achievement. Learn more about Engineering Education Australia’s digital badges including how to claim and share on our Frequently asked questions page.

This also counts towards the number of Engineers Australia Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours you can claim.

EEA Online access

EEA Online is powered by leading Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas by Instructure.

Once you register for a course, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online Canvas platform to start this course.

If you are registering for your first EEA Online course, you will receive an email from [email protected] inviting you to set up your EEA Online account. 

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Mobile access

EEA Online is mobile friendly, however desktop is preferred. Please read through the following information on mobile access via Canvas:


Content included the latest system engineering tools and their links. The overall syllabus framework made the transfer to the workplace practice easy.


This course included informative and relevant material for today's engineering practices. I liked the up-to-date content and learning platform.

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