Systems Engineering Management

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Course Number: ENGRG 7840
Course Name: Systems Engineering Management (Online)
Course Description:    New technologies and time constraints need to meet the challenges of satisfying customer needs such as performance, quality, and over-all cost effectiveness. This sets up a framework for effective system engineering and management of complex systems. The systems engineering effort needs to integrate a wide variety of key design disciplines, apply robust design methods and tools in a manner as to achieve system engineering objectives, assess and control through design reviews, evaluations, feedback and corrective action. The management issues pertaining to the application of systems engineering to various projects is equally important. Principles of System Engineering Management Plan (SEMP), organizational aspects of Systems Engineering such as functional, product line, and matrix structures, and interfaces between the customer, the producer, and suppliers are some key topics that need to be addressed as part of Systems Engineering Management.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of this course, you will be able to identify opportunities for systems engineering and system engineering management based on your professional needs and/or personal understanding, and you will be able to apply the principles in a project setting.
Specifically, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define the tactics, processes, procedures, and "best practices" for systems acquisition as defined by professional systems engineering organizations like the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American National Standards Institute/Electronic Industry Alliance (ANSI/EIA), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
  • Look for the "big picture" of systems architecting so that we can develop systems that are socially useful, politically acceptable, technologically sound, and environmentally safe.
  • Describe the importance of the technical and management processes involved with systems engineering (through each acquisition phase) and how they relate/interact with each other.
  • Share with co-workers your awareness that the factors that can weigh in on a system's development aren't purely technical, schedule, or cost-related.
  • Balance the engineering aims for technical optimization with the need for architecting for client satisfaction.
  • Define in detail a system's life cycle – from requirements development, to design and implementation, to testing and evaluation, fielding and support, and, finally, disposal—and the methods and tools recommended for each of these phases.
  • Recognize and implement the important components of systems engineering: the technical processes (i.e., logical analysis, design solution, integration, validation, etc.) and the technical management processes (risk management, configuration management, SEMP development, etc.) that go along with them.
  • Draw deep insights and heuristic principles from the knowledge that has been culled from years of experience, from many different kinds of systems.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Overview
This unit provides a very necessary prerequisite to the rest of the units in this course. It provides an introduction to the engineering of human-made systems, and it also provides the conceptual background for the synthesis, analysis, and evaluation of engineering systems.

Unit 2: Overview
It provides a deeper understanding of the design aspects of the overall system engineering and management process, and it contributes an in-depth review of the key elements of the system design process. This process needs to focus on what the system is intended to do before it defines what the system is to be and how it is to be created. The system must serve a useful purpose, and the product and its manufacturing system must match.

Unit 3: Overview
The unit addresses the essential management matters. Success with the technology represented in a system is not possible without success with the management aspects of the system development activities. Effective and efficient program implementation requires timely planning, the establishment of an appropriate organizational structure, a collaborative engineering environment, and continuously applied management controls

Unit 4: Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to describe, for the special topic that you select from the six options, what a plan must include to adequately apply the topic or to evaluate and contribute to the plans made by others for the topic when applied to your workplace.

Grading Information

Semester letter grades are assigned on the composite scores as follows:

A (90 to 100%)
B (80 to less than 90%)
C (70 to less than 80%)
D (60 to less than 70%)
F (Less than 60%)

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