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SYSE 560 : Introduction to Systems Engineering Management

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Introduction to Systems Engineering Management
This course addresses the fundamental principles of engineering management in the context of systems engineering and explores issues related to effective technical planning, scheduling and assessment of technical progress, and identifying the unique challenges of the technical aspects of complex systems and systems of systems and ability to control them. Topics will include techniques for life cycle costing, performance measurement, modern methods of effective engineering management, quality tools, quality management, configuration management, concurrent engineering, risk management, functional analysis, conceptual and detail design assessment, test evaluation, and systems engineering planning and organization, communication and SE management tools and techniques. The course covers an examination of processes and methods to identify, control, audit, and track the evolution of system characteristics throughout the system life cycle. The course includes the development of a Systems Engineering Management Plan, Integrated Master Schedule and/or Integrated Master Plan.

This is a required course in the Master of Systems Engineering degree program. It is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the elements of, processes involved in, and formulation and execution of management plans for systems engineering initiatives. The successful students will gain insight into management of systems engineering throughout its life cycle phases, and the interrelation between systems engineering and project management.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:1. Identify and discuss the elements of systems engineering and their relationship to achieving success in solving systems problems.2. Define, analyze and develop coordination strategies for concurrent activities in a systems engineering application.3. Understand enterprises as systems and the management of systems engineering products required by other functions.4. Comprehend the importance of integration of specialties in systems and projects.5. Define, and identify specialty applicability to specific projects, the phases and process elements in a systems engineering project life cycle.6. Demonstrate knowledge of, and the ability to apply to specific projects, the structures, functions, and human resource requirements for organizations suitable for conducting systems engineering-related initiatives.7. Understand the need to plan, monitor, and control systems engineering activities as part of overall project-related activities, including the demonstration of knowledge of project plan elements.8. Demonstrate the ability to monitor progress against a systems engineering plan and to manage systems engineering risk in carrying out the plan.9. Demonstrate knowledge of systems engineering program evaluation requirements and the use of benchmarks as part of an evaluation process.

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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
Written and oral communication, as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Topic 1. Introduction to Systems Engineering Management Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: a. The student will comprehend the requirements associated with the course; understand the need for systems engineering and systems engineering management competencies; and know the meaning of terminology and concepts associated with systems engineering and systems engineering management. Topic 2. The Systems Engineering Process Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: a. Understand the elements of the systems engineering process. b. Understand how systems engineering elements fit together to solve engineering problems and/or achieve design goals. c. Apply cost estimation techniques to support system solution development. d. Familiarize with the development of risk management plans. Topic 3. Managing Development of System Design Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: a. Understand how system design requirements are developed. b. Understand how design engineering disciplines are integrated to achieve a final design. Topic 4. Engineering Design Methods and Tools Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: a. Determine the appropriate systems engineering management products to address customer/project requirements. b. Understand the tools available for use in the various engineering design methodologies. c. Familiarize with the system design evaluation and formal review processes. Topic 5. Design Review and Evaluation Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: a. Understand the tools available for use in the various engineering design methodologies. b. Familiarize with the system design evaluation and formal review processes. Topic 6. Systems Engineering Program Planning Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: a. Describe how to develop an overall systems engineering management plan. b. Identify the steps required to implement a systems engineering solution. Topic 7 Organizing for Systems Engineering Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: a. Describe the need to develop effective organizations to conduct and manage systems engineering initiatives. b. Distinguish the complexity of relationships among systems engineering project stakeholders. c. Apply the basic human-resources-related aspects of establishing organizations to manage and conduct systems engineering initiatives. Topic 8. Monitoring and Evaluation of Systems Engineering Processes Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: a. Discuss development of evaluation requirements and the concept of benchmarking. b. Identify the processes involved in evaluation of a systems engineering program’s organization and conduct, including procedures for providing reporting, feedback and control of program elements. Topic 9. Course Wrap-up Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: a. Review course materials b. Present/Submit class project c. Complete and submit final exam
Dr. Bruce Conway - 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 PO1 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.

PO2 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

PO3 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.

PO4 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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