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EH2790 Requirements Engineering, Introductory Course 4.5 credits

This course,  is an introductory course on methods and principles for system procurement and requirements engineering. Students attending the course will learn how to produce a requirements specification for a complex system. The course focuses on practical, hands-on skills having to do with stating requirements and running procurement projects. Course assignments emphasize hands-on work and written presentation and will equip students with tools and ideas that are useful to any future engineer, regardless of engineering specialisation.  

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus EH2790 (Autumn 2013–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The main topics of the course are:

  • The role of Requirements Engineering in the software development process.
  • The role of Requirements Engineering in the software procurement process
  • The difference between the User Needs Statement and the requirements specification
  • The concept of stakeholders
  • Creation of a vision statement for a system and identify stakeholders
  • The difference, and be able to identify, design constraints and requirements.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon course completion, a participants shall be able to:

  • Explain and give examples of the context of requirements engineering. Specifically to
  • Explain the significance of the early phases in development and procurement projects
  • Explain the difference between market driven and customer driven development
  • Explain what signifies requirements engineering in a development and a procurement project.
  • To explain and give examples of common process phases of requirements engineering and for each process phase explain and give examples of common
  • Participants and stakeholders
  • Documents
  • Activities
  • Methods
  • Tools
  • Describe and apply methods for modeling systems and system environments from technical as well as business oriented perspective and based on such models to
  • Elicit system requirements
  • Determine system constraints
  • Explain methods for formal evaluations of tender offers from system suppliers.
  • Analyze and appreciate the utility of using different methods, or combination of methods, for requirements elicitation given a set of circumstances.
  • Apply established methods and tools for requirements elicitation from different stakeholders
  • Apply rules of documentation for requirements specifications
  • Describe and apply methods for requirements analysis and negotiation, specifically to
  • Describe available methods for requirements prioritization and to apply at least one of these methods.
  • Apply methods and tools for requirements management from a life-cycle perspective, i.e. from the birth of the development/procurement project to the delivery and operations of the product.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

För fristående kursstuderande: 120hp  samt engelska B eller motsvarande

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Ethical approach

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Further information

    Course web

    Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

    Course web EH2790

    Offered by

    EES/Industrial Information & Control Systems

    Main field of study

    Electrical Engineering

    Education cycle

    Second cycle

    Add-on studies

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