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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 30 – Dec 20, 2017
  • 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 Additional 150 minute distance learning component required

  • Course #: MPSE-505-01
  • CRN: 29448
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Pitsko, R.
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 20, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPSE-710-01

Strategy and Innovation

In this course, students will be introduced to multiple processes for creating strategic plans. Students will analyze how to improve upon systems using a strategic planning process in order to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. Examining the key terms, theories and terminology in strategic plan development will give students a base to evaluate complex systems and their integration throughout an organization. This course develops the skills needed to manage an effective team and evaluate different leadership and work styles, to best maximize the project environment. Students will work in teams on an applied project.

Note: Elective course

  • Course #: MPSE-710-01
  • CRN: 30932
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Skelly, D.
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 20, 2017
  • 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. Additional distance learning required.

  • Course #: MPSE-515-01
  • CRN: 32206
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: MacMillan, H.
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 20, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPSE-704-01

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: 32207
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Ward, E.
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 20, 2017
  • Class Meetings: