Course Schedule for Fall 2018


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MPSE-900-01

Capstone

The Capstone course is the culmination of the student’s academic and professional experience in the Master of Professional Studies in Systems Engineering Management program. Over the course of the semester, students will apply the knowledge gained during the program, integrating the skills necessary for analyzing issues, thinking creatively, working collaboratively, and presenting impactful ideas to create a Capstone Project. The Capstone Project will draw from systems engineering and management disciplines and should be one of the most comprehensive and applied works a student completes in his or her academic career. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this degree, students in this course will co-taught by faculty from both from Georgetown and one from Stevens. The intent of the project is for students to apply concepts principles and practices they have learned to: 1. A “real” problem within an application domain of interest to them, their sponsor and their assigned academic advisors; 2. An investigative study of some aspect of systems engineering (e.g., the utility and relevance of an ontology to project success); or 3. The development of a systems engineering application case study.

Note: Core requirement for the MPSE program.

  • Course #: MPSE-900-01
  • CRN: 35230
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Firestone, A. , Trujillo, M.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPSE-701-01

Decision and Risk Analysis

This course addresses the analytic techniques for rational decision-making for complex systems. Included are the topics of uncertainty, conflicting objectives, and risk attitudes. Students learn how to structure and solve decision problems associated with systems engineering tradeoffs, uncertainty of outcomes, and risk aversion. Various modeling approaches and software tools are presented and then applied to a group project.

  • Course #: MPSE-701-01
  • CRN: 34389
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Mathews, L.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPSE-500-01

Ethics in Sys. Eng.

The core course in Applied Ethics provides a firm foundation of essential concepts, skills, and strategies to allow for informed decision-making and effective leadership in systems engineering. This course will introduce traditional and historical philosophy of engineering ethics and how they apply to the real-world problems and scenarios. Students will discuss the ethical decision-making process and the moral reasoning behind coming to conclusions. Looking at theory and discussing its application in the modern complex engineering situations will give students the base needed to succeed moving forward with complex professional situation. Topics will include the effects of technology, regulations, security and financial concerns on systems engineering. Students will work in teams on an applied project.

Note: Core class

  • Course #: MPSE-500-01
  • CRN: 29450
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Firestone, A.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPSE-505-01

Fundamentals of Sys. Eng.

Fundamentals of Systems Engineering course introduces students to the principles and processes of systems engineering. The course enables them to more effectively design solutions that meet customer needs. The course centers on a group project that students pursue in small teams. Fundamentals of Systems Engineering provides students with a disciplined approach for identifying a customer or stakeholder need and translating that need into a complete set of requirements or specifications for a system that meets the need. The focus is on developing an outside-in view that treats the system as a black box, without regard to the components from which it will be built. The course emphasizes the distinction between an operational need and a system solution, and stresses the importance of understanding the customer need before jumping to a solution. The intent is not just to describe the systems engineering and architecting process. Rather, the course helps students understand how to think through the choices at each step of the process. What decisions have to be made? What factors should be considered in making them? It is the answers to these questions that make for good systems engineering, not just adherence to a standard process. The primary objective of this course is to achieve a strong foundation in systems engineering principles and processes.

Note: Required class

  • Course #: MPSE-505-01
  • CRN: 29448
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Pitsko, R.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPSE-515-01

Systems Integration

Systems Integration introduces students to the principles and processes of early validation, integration, test, verification, transition, and validation within the systems engineering discipline. The course enables students to more effectively integrate and prove-in solutions that meet system requirements and customer needs. The course centers on a group project that students pursue in small teams of 3 to 4. Systems Integration provides students with disciplined approaches for 1) performing early validation of a solution to meet a customer or stakeholder need, 2) factoring integration and test issues into the system requirements and architecture, 3) identifying and selecting among alternative means to integrate and test, 4) identifying comprehensive test cases, 5) performing fault diagnosis, 6) verifying systems, 7) transitioning systems, and 8) validating systems. The course emphasizes the importance of design, integration and test environment used to build and prove-in the system being developed. The intent is not just to describe the systems integration, testing, verification and validation process. Rather, the course helps students understand how to think through the choices at each step of the process. What decisions have to be made? What factors should be considered in making them? It is the answers to these questions that make for good systems integration, not just adherence to a standard process. The primary objective of this course is for the student to leave with a strong foundation in systems integration principles and processes. Students will work in teams on an applied project. Learning Objectives • Understand the up-front need to factor in the integration, test, verification and validation of a system in determining the system requirements and architecture. • Review and evaluate the various system integration, test, verification, and validation models in use today. • Plan the integration, verification and validation of the system of interest being developed. • Understand the criticality of defining, documenting and managing interfaces during system development. • System engineer and architect the integration and test environment. • Select suitable test methods, techniques, and metrics. • Apply fault diagnosis techniques. • Adopt a systems perspective when making integration and test decisions that affect the determination of performance, development time, or total ownership cost of the system.

Note: Required course. Students must have completed MPSE 505 and MPSE 510.

  • Course #: MPSE-515-01
  • CRN: 32206
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: MacMillan, H.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings: