Systems Engineering: Theory & Practice

By Prof. Deepu Philip   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 233
Systems engineering is a discipline that utilizes an inter-disciplinary problem-solving approach across the entire technical effort irrespective of whether the systems or the systems of systems are for military, industrial, commercial or civil applications. This course will provide an overview of both theory and practice of the systems engineering discipline along with systems engineering design approach. The aim of the course is also to equip students with capability to develop system solutions that optimally fulfill customer objectives with available resources. Focus will be on creating know-how on solving open-ended problems, utilizing creativity, problem formulation, generation of need statements, requirements analysis, alternative solutions generation and examination, concurrent engineering design, enforcing various realistic aspects such as safety, reliability, manufacturability, operations, aesthetics, ethics, and sustainability.

INTENDED AUDIENCE :Students of all engineering disciplines, specifically, Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical, and Computer Science
PREREQUISITES : The student should have either completed an engineering degree or is enrolled in the program and have completed at least six semesters of the curriculum
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : HAL, BHEL, BEL, L&T, Automotive companies, Aerospace and defense companies, DRDO, Boeing, Lockheed, Airbus, Brahmos, ISRO, VSSC, etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  :
  • Systems engineering – what is, origin, and examples
  • Systems engg as a profession    
  • Power of systems engg and examples    
  • Systems engg viewpoint, perspectives, domains    
  • Systems engg fields, approaches, activities, and products
Week 2  : 
  • Complex system structure-building blocks, hierarchy, interfaces
  • Complex system structure-environment, interactions, complexity    
  • System development process – life cycle,evolutionary characteristics
  • Systems engg method    
  • Systems testing throughout development
Week 3  :
  • Managing systems development, risks, work breakdown structure (WBS), systems engg management plan (SEMP)
  • Systems risk management, organizing for systems engg
  • Need analysis – originating, operations, functional, and feasibility
  • Need validation, systems ops requirement    
  • System requirements development, performance requirements
Week 4  : 
  • Implementing concept exploration, validating requirements
  • Concept definition – selection and validation, functional analysis and allocation 
  • Systems architecture, system modeling languages, Model-Based Systems Engg (MBSE)
  • Decision making, modeling for decisions    
  • Simulation, Trade-off analysis
Week 5  :
  • Engg development stage – program risk reduction, prototype development for risk mitigation
  • Development testing, risk reduction
  • Revision of functional analysis and design
  • Overview of probability data analysis
  • Hypothesis testing
Week 6 
  • Engineering design – implementing system building blocks, component design
  • Design validation, change management
  • Concepts of reliability, redundancy
  • Concepts of maintainability, availability, producibility
  • User interface design and GUI
Week 7  : 
  • Integration, testing and evaluating total system
  • Test planning and preparation, system integration
  • Developmental and operational test and evaluation
  • Engineering for production, transition from development to production
  • Production operations - 1
Week 8  :
  • Production operations - 2
  • Installation, maintenance and upgrading
  • Installation testing
  • In-service support
  • Upgrades and modernization

Books and references

  • Systems Engineering Second ed. – Kossiakoff, A., Sweet, W.N., Seymour, S.J., and Biemer S.M., John Wiley Sons Inc., New Jersey, 2011
  • International Council of Systems Engineering, Systems Engineering Handbook, A guide for System Life Cycle Processes and Activities, version 3.2.1, January 2011.
  • Systems Engineering Fundamentals, Department of Defense, Defense Acquisition University, Systems Engineering Fundamentals, 2001.

Instructor bio

Prof. Deepu Philip

IIT Kanpur
Deepu Philip is a faculty of Industrial & Management Engg. Department and Design Programme of IIT Kanpur. He works in the area of Production and Operations, Systems Simulation, Product Life Cycle Management, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Systems Engineering. He holds bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering with his doctorate in Industrial & Management Engineering from MSU Bozeman. He has both academic and industrial experience with leading organizations of the world. He has experience in designing and implementing complex system of systems in different fields including defense, aviation, fertilizer, strategic chemical plants, transportation, banking, automation, health care, energy, and communication.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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