Projects might include designing a light rail network for a city, more environmentally-conscious buildings or a mine facility

Assignment 1
This assessment requires you critically analyse the system design process of a project using the theory and principles studied during the course. This assessment item relates to the course learning outcomes 1 to 5.


Chapters 1-3 of Blanchard and Fabrycky


In this assessment, you are required to write a report which critically analyses the conceptual design phase of a systems engineering project. Projects might include designing a light rail network for a city, more environmentally-conscious buildings or a mine facility. You may not have been involved in the project personally, but some connection with the project would make the analysis more meaningful. Note that Assignment 2 extends this assignment, so bear this in mind when you choose your case study. The report is to analyse the following:

Needs definition
Conceptual system design
To demonstrate your research skills and understanding, the report should:
Include relevant theories and models
Draw upon relevant sources like journals, books or reputable trade publications in analysing the project (at least 5 publications, including a minimum of 2 peer reviewed research articles)

The report should follow the Business Report Format. The Preliminary Section should include the Title Page, the Executive Summary and a Table of Contents. The Body of the Report should have an introduction, conclusion and recommendations. It should also include your analysis and discussion. You don’t need to include the Assumptions section. The report should also have a Reference List (and Appendices if required). You are expected to use the Harvard Referencing style for the paper.


The 2000 (±10%) word length includes only the Body of the Report. It does not include the Preliminary Section (Title Page, Executive Summary and Table of Contents), the reference list or appendices.

Assessment Criteria

1. Introduction (5 Marks)

2. Needs definition (10 Marks)

3. Conceptual design (10 Marks)

4. Conclusion (5 marks)

5. Research skills (5 marks)

6. Grammar and spelling (5 Marks)

Weighting: 20%


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