5 CPD points
Although most engineers and technical specialists, as part of their initial engineering studies, are taught how to design products and solutions, most are not taught the importance of higher system level design and the functional integration that is a prerequisite for a successful outcome. The certificate in Systems Design focuses on three important aspects that need to be achieved to ensure a successful product. These include: Systems Engineering Fundamentals (that introduce delegates to the important processes and tools of systems engineering) and Systems Architectures and Design (that introduces the delegate to the more popular architecture frameworks such as Zachman and TOGAF and their use to systems designers). These two modules link well to the modules addressing requirements engineering (addressed by the certificate in Requirements Engineering), while the last module in this focus area addresses the important theme of System Test and Evaluation. This is a key element in any product’s development as no amount of design can make up for poor or incomplete testing against specifications in a representative environment.