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 defining Systems, the System Development Life Cycle and the Systems Engineering Method. These primary topics are decomposed into Requirements Analysis, Functional Design, Physical Design, Design Validation, Concept Development, Engineering Development and Post Development. In addition, the tools and methods at the Systems Engineer's disposal are also covered. These include Risk Analysis, Configuration Management, Design Trade Offs, Modeling & Simulation, Interface Management, and how these subjects are linked to Systems Program Management 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. Students will work as a group to develop the document that serves as a foundation for all Systems Engineering activity for a specific project, the Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP).

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: 
Davis, Dever, Devereux, Holub, Kane, Olson, Pardoe, Saleh, Syed, Wells

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