Capability Context - SEDCCC

Technology School
Business, Technology
100 hours - residential

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About this course

Normally part of the SEDC MSc taught module ‘Pipeline’ to PGCert, PGDip and MSc – it can be taken independently following the Systems Approach to Engineering module.  It can also be linked with Lifecycle Processes Introduction and Applied Systems Thinking modules, but on completion of this module plus either of the LPI/AST modules you would be required to register for a formal PGCert/PgDip/MSc award as they will have reached 30 credits.

What you will learn

You will learn to:
  • interpret the system engineering lifecycle in the context of capability
  • assess the trade-off and legacy issues which affect capability requirements
  • examine how capability requirements can be interpreted at the programme and project level
  • consider the purpose of architectures in a capability context
  • apply systems engineering methods to allocate capability functional views to physical systems views
  • assess the implications for acquisition in using a system of systems approach to capability
This module considers how the life cycle and process approaches of SE are applied to enterprise capability in general.  The capability management processes of UK Defence are described and discussed in relation to this theoretical viewpoint.

A detailed defence example is used to illustrate the use of SE in capability management.

Detailed content covers:
  • definitions of enterprise, service and capability as systems
  • system to systems concepts and how they have evolved
  • overview of UK MoD financial and capability management (FinMilCap)
  • capability challenges; how have changes in operation, delivery and technology changed how we think about capability across the enterprise  
  • capability integration
  • introduction to MODAF and the System of Systems Approach (SoSA)

How will this course help my career?

Potential introduction to SEDC and SEMAP Programme or act as a stand-alone to Systems Approach to Engineering.

Part of SEDC Community.

Security and restrictions

NATO and 5Vey.

Before you attend

Must have completed SAE Module.

If you are seeking a Ministry of Defence (MOD) funded place, you will need to demonstrate in your application that there is a clear business need to undertake the course. 

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)

How will I learn?

Blended Learning

How will you be assessed?

Individual 3000 word assignment.  Critically evaluate published material on SE, SoS and Capability and compare to current MoD practices.