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.
Program:Masters of Science in Engineering
Masters of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management
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Learning Outcomes
Following the successful completion of this course, you should be able to identify opportunities for systems engineering and system engineering management based on your professional needs and/or personal understanding, and you should be able to apply the principles in a project setting.
Specifically, you should 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, to fielding and support, and, finally, to disposaland 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 (i.e. risk management, configuration management, Systems Engineering Management Plan 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: Introduction to Systems
This unit provides a very necessary prerequisite to the rest of the units in this course. It introduces the engineering of human-made systems and outlines the conceptual background for the synthesis, analysis, and evaluation of engineering systems.
Lesson 1.1 begins with the basic definitions and descriptions of the elements that help classify systems. Demands on engineering in the systems age have led to the identification of the requirements for systems engineering.
Lesson 1.2 introduces the concept that systems are now too complex to be treated by engineering analysis alone. As a result, the architecting process has evolved to extend the continuum of system processes. Key points include a focus on customer satisfaction and the use of heuristics. The discussion includes the complexity caused by the political process.
Lesson 1.3 expands the detail of the discussion of the systems engineering process to include specific expectations of the synthesis, analysis, and evaluation activities that must occur over the life cycle of the system (product). The basic requirements include a customer-driven need, the establishment of design criteria that have specific, design-dependent parameters, and a top-down, integrated, and iterative approach to bring the system into being from a total life-cycle perspective.
Lesson 1.4 adds a discussion of several architectural frameworks (standards). These are used to structure an unstructured mix of hopes, needs, and possibilities. This architectural structure leads to the integration of, and mediation among, competing subsystems and interests.
Each lesson has a study guide that supplements the two textbooks. Homework and discussions are assigned to help focus on the targeted learning objectives.
Unit 2: The System Design Process
Unit 2 includes Lessons 2.1 through 2.6. 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.
Each lesson has a study guide to supplement the two textbooks. Homework is assigned to help focus on the targeted learning objectives.
Unit 3: Systems Engineering Management
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.
Each lesson has a study guide to supplement the two textbooks. Homework is assigned to help focus on the targets learned objectives for each lesson.
Unit 4: Design for Operations
In this unit, you will choose one of six possible special topics to create a paper and presentation about. Through research and analysis, you will determine what information, plans, and tools would be necessary to implement this topic in your workplace. Choosing a topic that is of interest to you and modeling it for a real-world workplace allows you to apply many of the concepts weve discussed this semester. Your knowledge of all of the topics will also be tested in this unit with a final exam.

Grading Criteria
Exams:  1 Final Exam
Assignment and Points Total Points
Discussions - 75
    • Discussion 1 Video Introduction (15)
    • Group Discussion 2 Part 1 (15)
    • Group Discussion 2 Part 2 (15)
    • Group Discussion 3 Part 1 (15)
    • Group Discussion 3 Part 2 (15)
Homework - 345
    • Homework 1 - Lesson 1.1 and 1.2 (40)
    • Homework 2 - Lesson 1.3 and 1.4 (50)
    • Homework 3 - Lesson 2.1 (20)
    • Homework 4 - Lesson 2.2 (20)
    • Homework 5 - Lesson 2.3 (25)
    • Homework 6 - Lesson 2.4 (25)
    • Homework 7 - Lesson 2.5 (30)
    • Homework 8 - Lesson 2.6 (30)
    • Homework 9 - Lesson 3.1 (25)
    • Homework 10 - Lesson 3.2 (30)
    • Homework 11 - Lesson 3.3 (25)
    • Homework 12 - Lesson 3.4 (25)  
Final Paper - 80
    • Draft outline of final paper (15)
    • Final Paper completed (65)
Final Exam - 100
Grand Total - 600