This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of systems engineering and their application to the development of complex systems. It describes how the systems engineering viewpoint differs from that of the engineering specialist and the essential role that systems engineering plays as an integral component of program management. Topics include requirements analysis, concept definition, system synthesis, design tradeoffs, risk assessment, interface definition, engineering design, system integration, and related systems engineering activities. The course defines the breadth and depth of the knowledge that the systems engineer must acquire concerning the characteristics of the diverse components that constitute the total system. Special topics such as simulation and models and test and evaluation are discussed in relation to the systems engineering viewpoint. Students address typical systems engineering problems that highlight important issues and methods of technical problem resolution.
Course prerequisites: 
An engineering, science, or mathematics degree and one year of experience in science or engineering, or permission from the student's academic advisor and the course instructor.
Course instructor: 
Biemer, Dever, Devereux, Hein, Holub, Kane, Pardoe, Saleh, Sweeney, Syed, Wells

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