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SYSE 500 : Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
This course provides the student with a broad introduction to the fundamental principles, processes, and practices associated with the application of Systems Engineering across the system life cycle. The student will develop an understanding of the skills necessary to translate needs and priorities into system requirements, and develop derived requirements, forming the starting point for engineering of complex systems. Key topics include methods and standards; concept definition; interface definition; requirements development and management; system baseline definition and management; system architecture development; integrated schedule management and analysis; risk assessment; systems integration, verification and validation; mathematical and graphical tools for system analysis and control, testing and evaluation of system and technology alternatives; reliability and maintainability; design trade-offs and trade off models. The course will cover the integrative nature of systems engineering and the breadth and depth of the knowledge that the systems engineer must acquire concerning the characteristics of the diverse components that constitute the total system. Prerequisites: STUDENT MUST BE ADMITTED TO MSYSENG OR MSHF (PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN SYSE 500, MSHF STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE ALL HUMAN PERFORMANCE CORE COURSES, AS FOLLOW: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 618 (CAPSTONE OPTION ONLY), MSHF 624, RSCH 665, and RSCH 670)

This course is designed to provide the students with a comprehensiveunderstanding of the systems engineering process, and a basic, introductory understanding of theancillary supporting concepts and disciplines associated with systems engineering. Specificobjectives are to provide the students with an understanding of:1. System life cycle process from conceptual birth of a system concept through the eventualphase-out and disposal of the system.2. Importance of system requirements and a complete picture of the conceptual system earlyin the system life cycle.3. Elements of system engineering organization and management, including programcontrol, contractual concepts, typical program documents.4. Fundamentals of specialty engineering elements (reliability, maintainability usability,supportability, producibility, disposability, and affordability).5. Legal and ethical responsibilities of engineers

Upon course completion, students will be able to:1. Describe the defining characteristics of a system, and its boundaries.2. Describe the phases of the system life cycle, and the characteristics and actions that define each of these phases3. Write correct system/subsystem requirements statements.4. Describe the documentary elements of project and system engineering (Statement of Work, Work Breakdown Structure, System Engineering Management Plan), program control methods such as configuration management and the concept of CMMI-SE (Capability Maturity Model Integrated – System Engineering).5. Describe the importance and principles of interaction and coordination amongmultidiscipline, system development teams.6. Demonstrate the fundamentals of reliability, maintainability analysis, and testing and describe the characteristics of these disciplines in the context of systems development.7. Describe the importance and elements of human factors, system logistical support,production and disposal.8. Describe fundamental legal and ethical principles in engineering.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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• International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) websites o and (Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge) • NASA Systems Engineering Handbook (2007) o • Air Force SMC Systems Engineering Primer & Handbook, Third Edition, 2005 o

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Topic 1 Systems Engineering Introduction 4 Hrs. Content Overview: Introduction to the course; systems and system thinking; engineered systems and systems engineering; what systems engineers do. Topic 2 Systems Processes and Methodology 4 Hrs. Content Overview: Systems engineering methodology; systems engineering processes; systems concept development; introduction to systems engineering software. Topic 3 System Requirements 4 Hrs. Content Overview: System requirements development; functional analysis; project development using systems engineering software. Topic 4 Systems Analysis 4 Hrs. Content Overview: Systems analysis and trade-off studies; design synthesis; verification and validation (V&V); system testing. Topic 5 Systems Engineering Support I 4 Hrs. Content Overview: Systems engineering management: balance and control; systems engineering management “products;” configuration control; risk management; scheduling. Topic 6 Systems Engineering Support II 4 Hrs. Content Overview: Introduction to cost analysis; acquisition processes and contracts; decision support methodology. Topic 7 Issues Related to Systems Engineering 4 Hrs. Content Overview: Legal and ethical responsibilities of engineering. Topic 8 Engineering Probability and Statistics 4 Hrs. Content Overview: fundamentals of probability and statistics for engineers; confidence intervals. Topic 9 Specialty Engineering I 4 Hrs. Content Overview: Reliability; maintainability; operability (including human factors). Topic 10 Specialty Engineering II 4 Hrs. Content Overview: Supportability; producibility and disposability; course review and wrap-up.
Dr. Gregory Harris - 3/1/2015
Dr. Bruce Conway - 3/1/2015
Dr. Bruce Conway - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
1-4 Master of Systems Engineering PO#1 - Systems Thinking: Students will understand systems concepts, including the relations among subsystems; will understand the needs of the super-system and their impact on system development; and will understand how the business (enterprise) and technology environment influences system development and its effect on its operating and social environment.
PO#2 - Holistic Lifecycle View: Students will be able to analyze stakeholder needs to establish and manage system requirements throughout its life cycle. Students will also be able to evaluate the impact of system requirements in terms of the draw of developmental and operational resources, and the interaction of the system with its environment
PO#3 - System Design: Students will understand different types of system architectures; will be able to examine alternatives in developing system concepts; will understand the need for designing for a system’s life cycle; and will understand the processes for validating and verifying a system’s design and transition to operation.
PO#4 - Systems Engineering Management: Students will understand the coordination of system life cycle activities and the concurrent development of systems elements; will understand the timely integration of both enterprise functions and system specialties into a system’s development; will understand how to define a life cycle process for a given system; and will understand the role of systems engineering planning, monitoring, and controlling, and the logistics and operations associated with a system development and implementation.
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