Program in Master's in Systems Engineering Management

Course Schedule for Summer 2020

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MPSE-701-40   Canceled

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-701-40
  • CRN: 17622
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Mathews, L.
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 16, 2020
  • Class Meetings:


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.

  • Course #: MPSE-515-40
  • CRN: 17619
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: MacMillan, H.
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 16, 2020
  • Class Meetings:


Systems Requirements

Gives you a strong understanding of the system development life cycle (SDLC). You will learn methods of gathering, analyzing, and prioritizing business requirements with a focus on the ease of use for IT staff and end-users alike. The course covers many of the specifics of gap analysis through correctness and completeness methods, the use of case models, process and data modeling, database design principles, and more. In addition, the course covers SDLC models, Unified Process and CASE tools, Rapid Application Development methodologies, Package Evaluation and Selection, and more. Finally, the course will be well-grounded in practice through the coverage of relevant requirements standards (IEEE Standard 830) and current government practices for requirements management (i.e., System Requirements Specifications (SRS).