Systems Engineering Fast-Track

Course summary

Systems Engineering Fast-Track


This course not only provides insights to the overall systems-engineering process, but detailed methods and tools that support that process. The methods and tools presented are pragmatic and practical and have been used on real programmes and bids in the range of £10M to £2Bn.

"In a period when platforms are likely to remain in service for many years, unless systems engineering capability and vital long-term knowledge is maintained, it is little use investing in cutting-edge science. New technologies will have less benefit without knowledge of how they might be exploited and inserted into existing equipment."
UK Defence Industrial Strategy Defence White Paper

This course is taught by the well-known systems-engineering practitioner Dr Rob Collins, who has worked for many years 'at the coal-face' improving processes, introducing tools and methods and providing staff training. This course is based on 20 years experience in systems engineering and draws in current state-of-the-art knowledge in the field.

People who attend this course are normally from other disciplines (electronics, communications, software engineering, logistics, safety, training etc.) who are newly moving into systems engineering, or want a re-fresher course on newer techniques (such as the use of SysML and MODAF).

It is ideal for team leaders who are seeking to improve their team’s performance in an efficient manner; those who are new to large-scale systems development or want to refresh existing knowledge and skills; organizations that are looking to improve in areas such as requirements management, system modelling and the systems-engineering process, or those aiming to reach higher CMMI® levels.

Programme details

The Systems-Engineering Process

  • Modelling your own systems-engineering process
  • Elements of a high-quality systems-engineering process
  • Moving your process to where it needs to be

A Systems-Engineering Database

  • Requirements management: methods, structures and traceability
  • Configuration management
  • Metrics for process and product

Systems Modelling

  • UML 2.0 for systems engineering and SysML
  • Architectural frameworks – MODAF and DoDAF
  • Architectural design and interface control
  • Pattern languages

Systems Integrity

  • Threads analysis
  • Failure-domain analysis
  • Quality Function Deployment

The Human Face of Systems Engineering

Integrating with other key disciplines

First day registration from 8.30am when course materials will be distributed.
Refreshments from 8.30am on the first day plus two 30 minute breaks during the day and a one-hour lunch break.
The course will begin at 9.00am and end at approximately 5.00pm on each day.


Participants who attend the full course will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The sample shown is an illustration only and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.


Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.


Standard course fee: £1695.00


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Tel: +44 (0)1865 286958


Dr Rob Collins


Dr Rob Collins






Visiting Fellow

Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Dr Collins is a Lean Six-Sigma Master Black-Belt who has worked both in Banking, Finance and in large-scale technology systems. He has an undergraduate degree in Physics and Computing, a PhD focused in the domain of Psychology, Education and Computing. He completed his MBA at Henley Business School in 2012.

Dr Collins has been teaching at Oxford University for 16 years – delivering courses in Lean Six Sigma, Project Risk Management, Systems Engineering and as part of the MSc in Software Engineering. He has delivered change and improvement projects for a range of technology, banking and finance organisations, including:

• Defining and establishing business processes for a new country roll-out in Greece for a commercial finance operation.

• Leading a major process improvement engagement within a Commercial Credit Analysis team: developed Value Chain models, introduced detailed process performance metrics, documented key processes, trained staff and directly managed specific improvement projects.

• Successful delivery of a change project in Germany / Switzerland– integrating business processes, IT, staff training, finance and compliance aspects in the domain of Retail Finance.

• Re-engineered process and procedures for a European Commercial Underwriting team and introduced detailed process performance metrics

• Developed the first, complete and consistent business process documentation for a finance business operating across Germany, UK, France, Italy and Benelux.

Dr Collins was previously Director of Business Process Excellence for GM Finance in Europe for whom he delivered Lean Six Sigma training to Green Belt level for over 280 members of staff.


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Level and demands

Graduate-level engineers from companies that develop, or are part of a team that develops complex systems, which have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Have around 500 to 2000 individually identified requirements
  • Range in value from £10M to £2.5Bn
  • Have safety or security critical elements
  • Incorporate or interface with significant levels of legacy technology
  • Involve teams of companies
  • Involve more than one technology area, for example: software, electronics, electro-mechanics, hydraulics and human systems elements

Perhaps you would like to update your skills in systems engineering for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You have recognised that your organisation needs to improve in areas including: requirements management, system modelling and the systems-engineering process
  • Your organisation has a target to reach higher CMMI® levels
  • You are new to large-scale systems development or you want to refresh your existing knowledge and skills
  • You are a team leader and want information that you can use to improve the performance of your team in an efficient manner