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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Wenyu Guo (Clayton), Y C Kuang (Sunway)


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 at least 45% in each assessment component and an overall mark of at least 50% in order to achieve a pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Arthur Lowery

Contact hours

2 hours lectures, 2 hours laboratory and practice classes and 8 hours of private study per week