5-Day Systems Engineering Course - applying the INCOSE SE Handbook



This course is designed for engineering practitioners interested in gaining an appreciation of the basics of Systems Engineering and how it can improve the value delivered in engineering developments.  The course can be used by individuals as part of their personal preparation for INCOSE Certification at ASEP or CSEP levels.


The course will also be of interest to managers or mentors of staff who need to better understand the Systems Engineering discipline and the supporting ideas and concepts required to implement a successful systems engineering approach.

What will I learn?


By the end of the course delegates will be able to:


  • State the value and benefits of a systems approach to development

  • Explain commonly used SE terminology

  • Describe typical lifecycles including the concepts and activities behind each life-cycle phase

  • Describe ISO15288 processes and how these are tailored to perform systems engineering activities.

Why choose Charterhouse Systems?


The owner and principal instructor for Charterhouse Systems is Ian Presland.  Ian was previously Head of Engineering Capability Development for a multinational aerospace company.  Whilst in this role, he was responsible for the design, development and delivery all engineering training in the UK and for a number of external organisations across the globe. He regularly delivers training at major national and international conferences and symposia.


Ian has over 35 years of practical experience from practitioner to executive board level, covering a variety of domains, including aerospace, defence, automotive, transportation and communications.


Until recently, Ian was a member of the elite INCOSE Certification Advisory Group (CAG), whose task is to set the standards and examination for professional Systems Engineers worldwide.  He is co-author and editor of the forthcoming edition of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Competencies framework.



The course is aimed at novices in Systems Engineering.  Delegates should normally be familiar with the basics of engineering a system or product, perhaps from the perspective of a software or hardware engineer, or someone who has just started a Systems Engineering role.

Other information


The course is highly interactive and includes a team-based case study.  The case study is used to highlight SE processes and the benefits of good quality systems engineering. 


It is strongly recommended that delegates bring a copy of the INCOSE SE Handbook (V4) for the course.  NOTE: INCOSE members can download a soft copy free of charge.

What Does It Cover?

What is Systems Engineering?

  • The Value of Systems Engineering

  • Lifecycles, Processes and tailoring

  • Importance of context and hierarchy

Understanding the Need

  • Understanding Value

  • Stakeholders and their viewpoints

  • Creating good requirements

  • Requirements analysis and review

  • Impact of Speciality Engineering


System Architecture and System Design

  • The Basics of system architecting

  • Dynamic behaviour and scenario modelling

  • Functional (logical) architecture

  • Physical architecture

  • Supporting activities including Configuration Management and Product Breakdown Structure


Building the System

  • Integration and test basics

  • Integration, Verification & Validation (IVV)

  • Qualification, Certification, Acceptance (QCA)

  • Transitioning to implementation, operation and support


Managing and Controlling the Development

  • Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP)

  • Minimising Waste, Lean and Agile Concepts

  • Impact of the wider organisation

  • Acquisition and Supply

  • Reviews

  • Documentation and Tools


INCOSE Certification Process

Lessons Learned; Questions and Feedback.


NOTE:  if requested, the course can be followed by a supplementary "Application preparation" telecon, which those starting the CSEP application process.  This is designed to provide helpful tips and advice to those completing their Form 1 subnmisson, so that their chances of success can be maximised at this stage of the application..


Where and when...is the next course?


We offer both open and closed courses for 16-20 delegates on a regular basis.  The course can be requested for as little as 6 delegates.


The course reflects Version 4 of the Handbook.  Future dates will be available shortly.


How... can I find out more?


For further details and the dates of future courses, or on how we can deliver a course to your employees on your site please email info@charterhouse-systems.com


INCOSE is the International Council on Systems Engineering

ASEP, CSEP, ESEP stands for Associate, Certified or Expert Systems Engineering Professional as appropriate