Systems Engineering


Students will gain appreciation, knowledge, understanding and practical application of technological systems.  This study promotes innovative thinking and problem-solving skills through a project-based learning approach.  It provides opportunities for students to learn about and engage with systems from a practical and purposeful perspective.  The study emphasises integration of basic engineering and physics theory with practical tasks.

Units 1/2 Units 3/4
Unit 1 Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals

Unit 2 Electrotechnology Engineering Fundamentals

Unit 3 Systems Engineering & Energy

Unit 4 Integrated and Control Systems Engineering


Unit 1: Introduction to Mechanical Systems

In this unit students study fundamental mechanical engineering principles, including the representation of mechanical devices, the motions performed, the elementary applied physics and the mathematical calculations that can be applied in order to define and explain physical characteristics.  The unit allows for a ‘hand on’ approach as students apply their knowledge and construct functional systems.  These systems can be purely mechanical or have some integration of electotechnology systems.

Unit 2: Introduction to Electrotechnology Systems

In this unit students study fundamental electrotechnology principles included applied electrical theory, representation of electrical components and devices, elementary applied physics in electrical circuits and mathematical calculations that can be applied in order to define and explain electrical characteristics of circuits.  This unit offers opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in the construction of a functional system.

Unit 3: Integrated Systems Engineering and Energy

This unit focuses on how mechanical and electrotechnology systems combine to form a controlled integrated technological system.  This includes knowledge of sources and types of energy that enable engineered technological systems to function.

Unit 4: Systems Control and New and Emerging Technologies

These units involve a study of the principles associated with integrated systems. The focus is on the functional integration of a mechanical subsystem with an electrotechnology subsystem and the design factors to be considered.  One substantial production task is to be undertaken across both Units 3 and 4.

Assessment activities:

  • Research and planning folios
  • Mechanical practical tasks
  • Electronic practical tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Short topic tests (mechanical/electrotechnology principles)
  • Student-designed production task
  • Written exams

Selection advice:

This subject would suit students who are interested in how things work mechanically and electrically with a hands on approach to learning, experiencing and designing systems from the ground up, with an emphasis on problem solving by doing.

Links to further pathways:

VCE Systems Engineering provides for many continuing study pathways and leads to a range of careers. Diverse areas of employment range from trade-based areas like electrician, automotive mechanic/ electrician, repair services industry, systems and security industry, engineering and fabrication industries to the higher education areas of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, robotics, mechatronics, computer science, information technology fields or industrial design.

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