In the 2024-2025 Catalog

Systems Engineering (SYS)

Courses

SYS 299  Special Topics in Systems Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

SYS 301  Introduction to Systems Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Provides an overview of systems engineering in the development of large systems, including genesis and need, characteristics of systems and system engineers, the system life cycle (from birth to death), design for operational feasibility, project management, structure, and system control, statistical/probabilistic models in dealing with risk inherent in large, complex systems. Emphasis on the importance of system requirements regarding total system performance, interfaces, cost, schedule, optimization, and trades.
Prerequisites: MA 242

SYS 302  System Engineering Design Considerations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the considerations in developing systems that meet specified system performance requirements while also achieving necessary levels of reliability, maintainability, and supportability consistent with the operational requirements. In addition, consideration is given to issues associated with producibility and disposability. Mathematical methods associated with reliability, maintainability, and supportability are discussed and applied. Liberal use of examples is incorporated to illustrate the interactions and relationships of these metrics, and how they are used to measure and trade off among these elements. The intent is to sensitize the systems engineer to the need for technical, schedule, and cost trade-offs to achieve desired yet safe and affordable system performance.
Prerequisites: SYS 301

SYS 303  Optimization in Systems Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

This course emphasizes that the optimization of some subsystems may be detrimental to others and hence to overall system performance or cost. Topics include traditional optimization methods, such as classical parameter optimization linear programming, dynamic programming, numerical methods (for example, perturbation and gradient techniques), and genetic algorithms. In addition, techniques such as Pareto or multi-objective optimization are examined with the aim of achieving a sufficient balance among subsystem performance and cost, ultimately to obtain an overall optimal system.
Prerequisites: SYS 301

SYS 304  Trade Studies, Risk and Decision Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

Methodologies for conducting comprehensive, traceable, and justifiable trades, as well as risk and decision-making analyses in Systems Engineering. Decision analysis methods for determining and selecting the appropriate alternative(s) based on various criteria are explored. Topics include Pugh matrices, Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), probabilistic decision making, and game theory. The student should develop a comprehensive understanding of trade studies and be able to apply risk and decision techniques in selecting appropriate choices.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students need C or better in MA 242

SYS 310  Systems Architecture, Modeling and Simulation  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces the student to the elements of systems functional and physical architecture and their role in managing system complexity and development effort. Students will learn the fundamentals of system functional modeling, the development different fidelity models through the system life cycle. Also students will learn one of the common modeling techniques such as Integrated Definition for Function Modeling (IDEFO) or SysML and couple these with physics or data driven simulations of a system for design performance validation.

SYS 320  Systems Engineering Practices  3 Credits (3,0)

Fundamental principles and methodologies of large-scale systems engineering in the development of large systems, including genesis and need, characteristics of systems and system engineers, the system life cycle (from birth to death), design for operational feasibility, project management, structure, and system control, statistical/probabilistic models in dealing with risk inherent in large, complex systems. System requirements: total system performance, interfaces, cost, schedule, optimization, and trades. Hardware-centered system implementations and verification of the hardware. Engineering profession and ethics.
Prerequisites: EE 223 and EE 224

SYS 399  Special Topics in Systems Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

SYS 401  Systems Modeling and Simulation  3 Credits (3,0)

Systems modeling and simulation-based decision analysis to improve performance of existing or prototype engineering systems. Monte-Carlo simulation, statistics of input and output analysis, statistical design of experiments, and simulation optimization. Simulation software is used extensively.

SYS 402  Optimization in Systems Engineering II  3 Credits (3,0)

Survey of stochastic methods used to investigate the behavior and performance of engineering systems under conditions of uncertainty. Probability models, decision theory, queuing theory, inventory models, forecasting, Markov chain models, Markov decision processes, and advanced heuristics. Emphasis on engineering problem solving such as system risk, performance, and cost solutions.

SYS 403  Systems Engineering Life Cycle Costing  3 Credits (3,0)

Current trends in system development indicate that, in general, complexity is increasing, and many systems in use today are not meeting the needs of customers. These trends, combined with past practices, have tended to create an imbalance between cost and effectiveness. This course addresses this important aspect of systems engineering by examining cost and economic factors under the general theme of design for affordability. An introduction to life-cycle costing is followed by a focus on costs as they occur throughout the system life cycle. Types of contracts (for example, fixed price, cost-plus) are studied. The steps in the life-cycle cost analysis process are examined through the use of examples, and the applications and benefits of life-cycle costing are summarized.
Prerequisites: MA 242

SYS 405  Aerospace Systems Guidance and Control  3 Credits (3,0)

Provides a second, advanced course in control systems, with emphasis on the multidimensional state-space approach. Application of digital control systems in aerospace instrumentation, sensors, guidance, and navigation. Addresses optimal control systems, including multi-objective control, and introduction to advanced methods such as fuzzy systems control, neural networks, and genetic algorithms.
Prerequisites: EE 401

SYS 410  Space Systems and Mission Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides an arena for applying many of the important techniques in systems engineering through the development of a deep space exploration mission, from mission definition through system concept and design. Considerations will be given to all aspects of mission development and operations including, spacecraft design, communications, navigation, payload data handling, personnel, and cost. Students will be assigned to discipline teams, working together in a systems engineering context to produce project documents (concept of operations, project plans, schedules, budgets, mission operations plans, and system design documents).
Prerequisites: SYS 403

SYS 415  Systems Engineering Practices: Specialty Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Builds on basic concepts introduced in SYS 301 dealing with system testing and the specialty engineering disciplines of reliability, maintainability, supportability, producibility. Probability and statistics are reviewed and applied in these areas. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the elements of specialty engineering, as well as the skills to apply those elements.
Prerequisites: SYS 301 and MA 412

SYS 417  Systems Engineering Capstone Project I  3 Credits (3,0)

First course in the senior capstone design course sequence for the Systems Engineering track, focusing primarily on project objective(s)/definition, requirements development, functional analysis, and preliminary design. Although an electrical component is dominant, other disciplines, such as software, mechanical, or aerospace engineering, are involved. The course results in a preliminary design document and implementation plan for the capstone project.

SYS 418  Systems Engineering Capstone Project II  3 Credits (3,0)

Second course in the senior capstone design course sequence for the Systems Engineering track. The preliminary design produced during the initial course is developed into a detailed design, then implemented, tested, and demonstrated. Deliverables include a final project/system description, test and evaluation plans, and documentation for sustained operation and maintenance of the system.
Prerequisites: SYS 417

SYS 425  System Quality Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Managerial and mathematical principles and techniques of planning, organizing, controlling, and improving the quality of a system throughout its life cycle. Topics include system quality models, development, verification, validation, and testing procedures for quality assurance, process control, experimental design for development assurance and production, quality-based evaluation of supplier products, quality continuous improvement. Mathematical and statistical modeling techniques will be used throughout the course.
Prerequisites: MA 412 and SYS 301

SYS 460  Systems Engineering Management  3 Credits (3,0)

Fundamental principles of engineering management in the context of systems engineering. Presentation of issues related to effective technical planning, scheduling and assessment of technical progress. Qualitative and quantitative management techniques for systems engineering planning and organization, life-cycle costing, operational resource allocation, and performance evaluation.
Prerequisites: MA 412

SYS 499  Special Topics in Systems Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.