Course Description

8 Hours

Welcome to Fundamentals of Capability Systems Design course.

Are you a requirements/capability developer or systems engineer new to the business of capability systems design? Are you unsure of how to work your way through the complexity of the front-end capability design process? 

This self-paced, eight hour, e-learning course develops fundamental knowledge of the key concepts, methods and techniques needed to design and specify complex capability systems.

During the course you will learn how to undertake structured mission analysis, operational analysis and develop coherent Initial Capabilities Documents (ICD), Capability Development Documents (CDD) and Operational Concept Documents (OCD). You will also learn how to transform the consolidated set of user needs into traceable system requirements used in PSPECs and function & performance specifications.

As part of the course you receive an e-copy of the course folder, course presentation slides, and copies of a selected range of course references.

Course Instructor

Mark has over 25 years’ experience working on complex projects as a senior professional engineer and project manager. Over the years, he has worked on many large defence major capital acquisition programs both in US, Australia, Middle-east and Europe. In recent years, he has focused on developing a market-leading Institute of Technology and has developed a broad range of niche education and training courses specialising in systems engineering and military vehicle technology. Mark holds an honours degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science (Defence Technology).

Mark Eggler

Expert Instructor

Course curriculum

8 Lessons

  • 02

    Course Resources

    • Course Training Folder

    • Recommended Readings

    • References

  • 03

    Module 1 - Introduction to Capability Design (1 hr)

    • Transcript - Lesson 1

    • 1.1. Overview and Scope

    • 1.2. What is Capability?

    • 1.3. Capability Systems

    • 1.4. Capability Proposals & OCDs

    • 1.5. Designing Capability Systems

    • 1.6. Capability Design & Systems Engineering

    • 1.7. Capability Design Information Architecture

    • Video 1.0 - When you forget why you are building it!

    • 1.8. Course Overview & Outline

    • 1.9. End

    • Quiz 1

  • 04

    Module 2 - Operational Concept Document (1 hrs)

    • Transcript - Lesson 2

    • 2.1. Introduction & Scope

    • 2.2. Operational Concept Documents – In Context

    • 2.3. Terminology in Context

    • 2.4. OCD Structure – Sections 1-2

    • 2.5. OCD Structure – Sections 3-4

    • 2.6. OCD Structure – Sections 5

    • 2.7. Tests for a Good OCD

    • 2.8. End

    • Quiz 2

  • 05

    Module 3 - Operational Analysis (2 hrs)

    • Transcript - Lesson 3

    • 3.1. Introduction & Scope

    • 3.2. Operational Analysis – Why It Matters

    • Video 3.0 - When you don't understand what the user really wants!

    • 3.3. Defining the Problem Space

    • 3.4. Methods of Engagement

    • 3.5. Structured Information Capture Using Scenarios

    • 3.6. Capability Design & Architecture

    • 3.7. Structured Information Capture

    • 3.8. Viewing the Results

    • 3.9. Traceability

    • 3.10. End

    • Quiz 3

    • Transcript - Lesson 4

    • 4.1. Operational Analysis Preliminaries

    • 4.2. Analyse the Mission & Scenarios

    • 4.3. Identify Capability Constraints, Context and Stakeholders

    • 4.4. Elicit Operational Needs

    • 4.5. Running an OA Workshop

    • 4.6. Critical Operational Issues (COI)

    • 4.7. Measures of Effectiveness & Measures of Performance

    • 4.8. Summary of OA Process & Tools

    • 4.9. End

    • Quiz 4

  • 06

    Module 4 - Requirements & Traceability (1 hr)

    • Transcript - Lesson 5

    • 5.1. Introduction and Scope

    • Video 4.0 - But how did it end up with a turret on top?

    • 5.2. Requirements Management

    • 5.3. Requirements Management Process & Types of Requirements

    • 6.4. Writing Good Requirements.pdf

    • 5.5. Requirement Attributes

    • 5.6. Traceability

    • 5.7. Traceability Structure and Tools

    • 5.8. Traceability in Practice

    • 5.9. End

    • Quiz 5

  • 07

    Module 5 - Functional Analysis & FPS (2 hr)

    • Transcript - Lesson 6

    • 6.1. Introduction & Scope

    • 6.2. Context and Definitions

    • 6.3. Functional Analysis Process and Getting Ready

    • Video 5.0 - Let's think creatively about functionality?

    • 6.4. Describing Functional Behaviour

    • 6.5. Functional Flow Block Diagrams

    • 6.6. Hierarchical Functional Analysis

    • 6.7. Decomposing Functions & Requirements – Part I

    • 6.8. Decomposing Functions & Requirements – Part II

    • 6.9. End

    • Quiz 6

    • Transcript - Lesson 7

    • 7.1. Thread Based Functional Analysis

    • 7.2. Consolidating System Functional Behaviour

    • 7.3. Function & Requirement

    • 7.4. Traceability

    • 7.5. Alternate Decompositions

    • 7.6. States and Modes

    • 7.7. Managing the Process

    • 7.8. Compiling the FPS

    • 7.9. End

    • Quiz 7

  • 08

    Module 6 - Common Problems in Capability Design (1 hr)

    • Transcript - Lesson 8

    • 8.1. Overview and Scope

    • 8.2. Why Complex Projects are Difficult

    • 8.3. Common Problems in Capability Design

    • 8.4. Issue 1 – Front-end Analysis (Part 1)

    • Video 6.0 - Fixing Mistakes Late in the Program

    • 8.5. Issue 1 – Front-end Analysis (Part 2)

    • 8.6. Issue 2 – Requirement Translation

    • 8.7. Issue 3 – Insufficient Expertise

    • 8.8. Issue 4 – Systems Engineering Practices

    • 8.9. Issue 5 – Collaborative Tools

    • 8.10. Summary

    • 8.11. End

    • Quiz 8

  • 09

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