Program in Master's in Systems Engineering Management

Course Schedule for Spring 2020

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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: 30369
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Firestone, A.
  • Dates: Jan 08 – May 09, 2020
  • Class Meetings:


Project Management of Complex Systems

This core course will expose students to tools and approaches useful for the effective management of systems engineering projects. Students will build a foundation in project management by mastering areas based on PMBOK Ver. 5.0. Through analyzing scope, time, cost, resources, critical path development, communications, cultural factors and risk assessment, students will improve their management skills and the ability to evaluate multifaceted issues. Students will follow the project life cycle from planning to monitoring to control and learn how to meet the most common challenges encountered in systems management. Knowledge of project planning is the cornerstone of using systems engineering concepts in the field. Students will work in teams on an applied project.

Note: This course is a required MPSE courses.

  • Course #: MPSE-520-01
  • CRN: 28224
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Guirguis, R.
  • Dates: Jan 08 – May 09, 2020
  • Class Meetings:


Systems Architecture & Design

System Architecture and Design describes the fundamentals of system architectures and the architecting process, including practical heuristics for developing good architectures. This course shifts inside the system boundary to develop a specification for a set of logical and physical elements that comprise the logical and physical architectures, defined to meet the system requirements reviewed during SRR. The course culminates with a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in which the system design is reviewed before detailed design can begin. The course has a strong “how-to” orientation – both a team project and a final individual project is used to give students an opportunity to apply the architectural concepts and lessons learned. The course highlights linkages between early architectural decisions driven by customer requirements and concept of operations, and system operational and support costs. Students will work in teams on an applied project. This course is a prerequisite for MPSE 515.

Note: This course is a required MPSE course.

  • Course #: MPSE-510-01
  • CRN: 28220
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Pitsko, R.
  • Dates: Jan 08 – May 09, 2020
  • Class Meetings:


Systems Thinking

It takes something special for the term system to have such ubiquity. The downside is that it is overused, improperly so, detracting from its power. This class builds upon a solid conceptual foundation to ensure that the system/enterprise is properly defined, conceived, and realized. Uniquely, the class shows how it is possible to use systems in order to think more deeply and to act more decisively. This approach is made possible by emphasizing the simultaneity of perspectives, the role of paradox, and the centrality of soft issues in resolving complexity. The Systems tools are used to structure and conduct analysis of decisions. This class is aimed at policy and decision-makers at all levels in an organization. Students will work in teams on an applied project.

  • Course #: MPSE-704-01
  • CRN: 38081
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Ward, E.
  • Dates: Jan 08 – May 09, 2020
  • Class Meetings: