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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)I Brown (Clayton); Y C Kuang (M'sia)


This unit introduces systems engineering and reliability analysis. Key concepts and language are introduced through real world examples. Frameworks for analysing the life cycles of systems are introduced. Tools and techniques to aid decision-making are provided. Design Automation software tools are introduced with industry-specific examples. Group projects and discussions reinforce the concepts through real-world examples. The concepts of component and system reliability are introduced and extended to reliability analysis of non-repairable and repairable systems, including time dependent reliability and availability, mean time to failure, mean repair time and lifetime distribution functions.


To understand the process of systems design and the use of mathematical tools in system analysis and optimisation. To learn principles of reliability evaluation of engineering systems.


Continuous assessment: 40%
Examination: (3 hours): 60%.
Students must achieve a mark of 45% in each of these two components to achieve an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Arthur Lowery

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory and practice classes and 6 hours of private study per week