Course Schedule for Spring 2017




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 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:


Proj Mgmt 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 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:


Project Risk Management

Risk management is the structured, disciplined approach to dealing with unknown events and how they can affect project performance. This course includes a review of the basic components of risk: the probability of an event and the consequences of the event. The core elements of probability theory are reviewed, as are the basic components of estimation theory. Risk management is assessed from its basic steps: risk identification, risk impact analysis, risk response planning, risk monitoring and control, and recovery. Risk modeling, using Monte Carlo simulation, is fully discussed. Throughout the course, students study case studies that illustrate how risk management is successfully used in a variety of fields. Project management applications are reviewed to show how risk management improves project performance, as measured by reduced cost overruns and schedule delays, as well as how quality and safety issues can be improved by applying risk management techniques. Coursework aligns with the Project Management Institute’s Practice Standard for Project Risk Management.

Note: MPPM 730-10 & MPSE 730-10 are cross-listed.

  • Course #: MPSE-730-10
  • CRN: 31945
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Mandhan, S.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – Mar 05, 2017
  • 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. 150 minute distance learning component required.

  • Course #: MPSE-510-01
  • CRN: 28220
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Ferreiro, L.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings: