System Engineering (SYSE)


SYSE 500  Fundamentals of Systems Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

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: Students admitted to MSHF must complete all human performance core courses, as follows: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 618 (Capstone option only), MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670 prior to enrolling in SYSE 500.

SYSE 530  System Requirements Analysis and Modeling  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is concerned with the development, definition, and management of requirements for system or product. Topics include the system requirements process, requirements elicitation techniques, alternative requirements analysis techniques, requirements specification, requirements verification and validation, requirements management, and requirements standards and tools. Issues such as stakeholder identification, risk analysis, trade off analysis as it relates to the requirements will be covered.

SYSE 560  Introduction to Systems Engineering Management  3 Credits (3,0)

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.

SYSE 610  System Architecture Design and Modeling  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is focused on concepts and techniques for architecting systems and the process of developing and evaluating architectures. The course includes generating a functional, physical and operational architecture from a top level operations concept for the allocation and derivation of component-level requirements. Variety of modeling and analysis approaches will be discussed as well as the generation of analyzable architecture models for evaluating the behavior and performance of candidate system concepts. Additional topics include interface design; architecture frameworks; enterprise engineering; design for reliability, maintainability, usability, supportability, producibility, disposability, and life cycle costs; validation and verification of systems architecture; the analysis of complexity; methods of decomposition and re-integration; trade-offs between optimality and reusability; the effective application of COTS; and practical heuristics for developing good architectures. Specialized areas of design and architecture may be addressed, such as spacecraft design, design of net centric systems, or smart engineering systems architecture.

SYSE 625  System Quality Assurance  3 Credits (3,0)

This course presents the managerial and mathematical principles and techniques of planning, organizing, controlling and improving the quality, safety, reliability and supportability of a system throughout the system life cycle. The course focuses on the importance of structuring and controlling integration and test activities. Topics include establishing a baseline control during the integration and test phases; cognitive systems engineering and the human-systems integration in complex systems environments; establishment of criteria for planning tests; the determination of test methods; subsystem and system test requirements; formal methodologies for measuring test coverage; sufficiency for test completeness; and development of formal test plans to demonstrate compliance. Also covered are methods of developing acceptance test procedures for evaluating supplier products. The quality related topics including fitness for use, quality costs, quality planning, statistical quality control, experimental design for quality improvement, concurrent engineering, continuous improvement and quality programs such as ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001, CMMI, Malcolm Baldridge and TQM. Reliability related topics covered include reliability prediction using discrete and continuous distribution models. Supportability related topics include system supportability engineering methods, tools, and metrics and the development and optimization of specific elements of logistic support. Quality and safety is a key theme throughout the course.

SYSE 641  Systems Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course emphasizes human performance and behavior as a component of larger systems of various complexities, and how human factors engineers integrate the human as a primary component in these systems. The course provides a working knowledge in areas of systems engineering and dynamics, engineering psychology, and systems analysis. Topics of emphasis examine systems theory, cognitive systems and human performance engineering, perception and control, system life cycle dynamics, and design synthesis and system validation to optimize properties and capabilities. A focus on current and emerging human systems incorporates human factors engineering principles in the design of complex enterprises by applying trade-off analysis, reliability analysis, and structural behavior modeling. Methods in the course employ scenario-based platforms and integrated learning from related disciplines. Prerequisites: STUDENT MUST BE ADMITTED TO MSYSE or MSHF. STUDENT MUST BE ADMITTED TO MSHF PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN SYSE 641 AND ALSO 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 BEFORE ENROLLING IN SYSE 641.
Prerequisites: Student must be admitted to MSYSE or MSHF.

SYSE 647  Human Factors in Complex Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

An examination of organizations and sustainable systems as socio-technical systems, including socio-technical approaches to design, implementation, and management is provided. The exploration of the understanding of effective interactions among people who work across organizational, geographical, cultural, technological, and temporal boundaries, as a means to design effective complex socio-technical systems is the focus of the course. Discussions include participative design and decision-making; quality of work life; semi-autonomous work groups; organizational ecology; and collective resource approaches to planning. Prerequisites: STUDENT MUST BE ADMITTED TO MSYSE or MSHF. STUDENT MUST BE ADMITTED TO MSHF PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN SYSE 647 AND ALSO 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 BEFORE ENROLLING IN SYSE 647.
Prerequisites: Student must be admitted to MSYSE or MSHF.

SYSE 653  Cognitive Systems Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Cognitive systems engineering with a focus on workplace environments and concerns with complex sociotechnical domains where interactions are based on expected behaviors of humans and automated agents will be studied. A foundation for cognitive systems engineering using formal methods of analysis and design to assure that cognitive work performed is efficient, robust, and safe will be provided. Topics of emphasis examine decision making in complex and dynamic information environments, distributed collaboration, networked systems, cognitive modeling, and the nonlinear nature of human cognition. Cognitive states, processes, and strategies to perform work and develop design solutions for decision and planning tools that support expert human cognition, including the system life cycle are addressed. Methods in the course employ scenario-based platforms and synthesizing learning from multiple disciplines. Prerequisites: STUDENT MUST BE ADMITTED TO MSYSE, MoET, or MSHF. THE MoET PROGRAM WILL NOT REQUIRE PREREQUISITES. STUDENT MUST BE ADMITTED TO MSHF PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN SYSE 653 AND ALSO 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 BEFORE ENROLLING IN SYSE 653.
Prerequisites: Student must be admitted to MSYSE or MoET or MSHF.

SYSE 660  Organizational Systems Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces concepts of organizational management and leadership, which are approached from a systems and complex systems perspective to explain the behavior of systems. Focus areas will include strategic management, organizational transformation, and organizational environments. Models will be drawn from a variety of areas including marketing, finance, organizational behavior, and strategic and operational management.

SYSE 697  Systems Engineering Project  3 Credits (3,0)

This course consists of a project in systems engineering that the student will undertake at the conclusion of the academic coursework for this program. It will culminate in a written document on a project chosen and carried out by the student under the guidance of the student's Systems Engineering Project Advisor. The project will be expected to demonstrate the student's mastery of his topic, and must be of a quality suitable for publication. Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to MSYSE and must have completed all other program course requirements including the approved elective set. This course must be the final course to complete the MSYSE program but a project advisor may be requested and a project proposal can be submitted at any time during the last course (core or elective) in which the student is enrolled prior to this course.
Prerequisites: student must be admitted to MSYSE.