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SE0811 Thesis in Systems Engineering (0-8) Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer

Thesis course for students pursuing a systems engineering master's degree. Students are awarded grade of 'T' upon successful completion of their theses.


SE1001 Mathematics for SE I (4-2) Summer

This course provides a brief survey of selected calculus and post-calculus topics: single variable derivatives and integrals, and vector analysis. The course is intended to give students the requisite mathematics needed in SE2003. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and enrollment in the SE or SEA curriculum.

SE1002 Mathematics For SE II (3-1) Summer

This course provides an introduction to selected pre- and post-calculus topics. Covered will be complex numbers, matrix algebra and differential equations. Prerequisite: SE1001.


SE2003 Introduction to Mechanical Systems (4-2) Summer

The course provides a basic understanding of the physical properties underlying combat systems. It presents calculus based physics covering a broad range of topics in mechanics, heat, and sound. Relevance to military development is discussed. Practical tools are developed to describe motion, Newton's force laws, friction and drag, energy and momentum, rotation, gravitation and orbits, fluids, oscillations, chaos, waves, gases, and thermodynamics. Co-requisites: SE1001.


SE2015 Fundamentals of Material Systems (4-2) Summer

This is an overview course of modern materials science and engineering as applied to the design of complex systems. It describes the structures of materials and the relationship of structure to material properties. All properties of engineering significance (both mechanical and non-mechanical) will be discussed. The broad variety of materials (including single crystals, alloys, ceramics, glasses, polymers, composites, foams, etc.) available for engineering applications is also discussed. Topics include structure and bonding, mechanical properties of materials, thermal properties of materials, electromagnetic properties of materials, superconductivity, chemical properties of materials (including environmental degradation), characteristics of specific engineering materials (alloys, ceramics, etc.), the selection of materials for specific applications, and the engineering of new materials to fulfill specific requirements. Students will acquire a working vocabulary and conceptual understanding necessary for advanced study, for communication with materials experts, and for the conceptualization of advanced systems. Prerequisite: SE1002 and SE2101.

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SE2016 Battlespace Environments (4-2)

This course covers the fundamentals of terrestrial science (geology, oceanography, meteorology, and near-earth space science) necessary for any systems engineer to understand how systems interact with and are influenced by their environment. Topics covered include the internal structure of the earth, tectonic processes, rocks and minerals, erosion and weathering, the water cycle, the structure and composition of the oceans, acoustic oceanography, oceanic currents, wave processes, structure of the atmosphere, temperature, pressure and winds, atmospheric water, weather systems, storms, weather forecasting, the extreme upper atmosphere, solar wind and magnetic storms, and the radiation belts. Prerequisites: SE1002 and SE2101.


SE2017 Fundamentals of Chemical Systems (4-2)

This course covers the fundamentals of chemistry and chemical processes, necessary for any systems engineer to understand many key technologies affecting systems design. Topics covered include chemical bonding and chemical structure, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, reaction kinetics, solutions, and oxidation-reduction reactions. Prerequisites: SE2014 or consent of instructor.

SE2018 Fundamentals of Biological Systems (4-2)

This course covers the fundamentals of biological systems, especially human beings, which are necessary for any systems engineer to understand many key biological, biochemical, biophysical technologies affecting future systems design. Topics covered include basic anatomy and physiology, important biochemicals and biochemical processes, cell structure and cell processes, microbiology, disease and immunity, and bioculture. Prerequisite: SE2017.


SE2101 Introduction to Electromagnetic Systems (4-2) Summer

This course provides a basic understanding of the electromagnetic principles underlying combat systems. Relevance to military development is discussed. Practical tools are developed describing electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, special relativity, atomic energy levels, atomic binding, Schrodinger equation, energy bands in solids, nuclear particles, and radioactive decay. Prerequisites:SE1001SE2003, Co-requisite: SE1002.


SE2114 Information Systems and Operations (3-0) As required

The impact of the network era through the proliferation of N-Tier applications has significantly transformed organizational processes and provided new strategic capabilities. These new N-Tier applications have complex and dynamic components that require technical knowledge to develop and manage. This course provides an understanding of these technologies and demonstrates how networked applications may be used as a mechanism to support DoD transformation initiatives targeted at meeting the information needs of today's military. It combines the study of theory, best practices and hands-on laboratory exercises to improve understanding of how to select, develop and manage N-Tier applications. Prerequisites: None.


SE2900 Elementary Studies in Systems Engineering (V-V) As required

Directed study at the undergraduate level based on textbooks, journal literature, experimental projects, or other sources. This course is designed to permit study of a selected topic at an elementary level which is prerequisite to subsequent study or use of that topic at a graduate level, and which is not available for study through regularly scheduled courses. Prerequisites: Consent of program officer, academic associate, and instructor.


SE3000 Systems Engineering Colloquium (1-0) As required

This weekly colloquium has two objectives for students to develop and maintain a knowledge of contemporary issues in systems engineering. The first is to provide a forum for guest speakers from industry, government and academia to discuss the practical application of Systems Engineering, and the second is to provide a forum for the student project teams to present their In Process Reviews (IPR's) and meet with across campus project participants. Prerequisites: None.

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SE3001 Special Topics in Strategic Analysis I (3-0) As required

This course develops a realistic understanding of processes and ideas that determine our national security posture and behavior: in short, how we design, develop and acquire our forces, and how we use them to influence international events, hopefully to deter war, and eventually, if necessary, to fight and win. Additionally, this course examines the generation of combat system requirements and the relationships between operational, financial planning, and technical communities in fielding a combat system that fulfills those requirements. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.


SE3011 Engineering Economics and Cost Estimation (3-0)

An introduction to the cost aspects of systems engineering, exploring cost from a decision-making perspective. Examines how cost is used to select alternatives and how the cost of systems can be measured. Concepts covered include economic analysis, cost behavior, cost allocation, system cost, life cycle costs, cost over time, cost estimating techniques, cost uncertainty, and cost risk. Prerequisites:OS3180 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.


SE3030 Quantitative Methods of Systems Engineering (3-2)

This course discusses advanced mathematical and computational techniques that find common application in systems engineering. It also provides an introduction to MATLAB, a computational tool useful in obtaining quantitative answers to engineering problems. Among the topics addressed in this course are vector analysis, complex analysis, integral transforms, special functions, numerical solution of differential equations, and numerical analysis. Prerequisites: SE1002SE3100 or consent of instructor.


SE3100 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering (3-2)

Introduction to systems thinking and the processes and methods of systems engineering. The course covers fundamentals of systems engineering and system architecting, requirements analysis, functional analysis and allocation, preliminary system architecture, systems analysis, system design, and the basics of test and evaluation. Various perspectives, from frameworks, processes, and standards, such as the DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF), DoD Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), EIA 632, ISO 15288, IEEE 1220, IEEE 1471, and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) models, are presented. Students analyze case studies. Students also use spreadsheet software for modeling and analyzing requirements and conceptual design alternatives. The course includes the application of fundamental systems engineering processes and methods to an integrative project, as well as development of communication skills through oral presentations and written reports. Prerequisite: None.


SE3101 Introduction to Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation (4-0) Fall

This course serves as an important overview course for all students enrolled in the MOVES curricula, in addition to other curricula at NPS. It covers the origin, evolution, breadth and importance of DoD modeling and simulation (M&S), and the utilization of M&S in DoD system acquisition life cycle. The course focuses on the functional areas of DoD M&S, which are: Training, Analysis, Acquisition, Planning, Test, and Evaluation. This course also is offered as MV3101. Prerequisite: None.


SE3112 Combat Systems Engineering I - Introduction to Sensors (3-2) Fall

This is the first course of a survey of military sensor technology. It introduces the student to the nature of physical observables and propagators, the effects of the propagation medium on sensor performance, the relationship between signals and noise, and the characteristics of critical sensor functions (including detection, estimation, imaging, and tracking). It is designed to provide a framework for more detailed analysis of specific sensor systems in the follow-on course SE4112. Prerequisites: SE1002SE2101 and/or consent of instructor.


SE3113 Combat Systems Engineering II - Introduction to Weapons (3-2) Spring

This is a survey of conventional military weapons technology. It introduces the student to both the effects that conventional weapons (artillery, bombs, and missiles) can produce as well as the technologies needed by weapons systems to create those effects. It is designed to provide familiarization of the student with critical weapons concepts that are necessary for enlightened examination of both technology development and military planning. Prerequisites: SE1002SE2101 and/or consent of instructor.

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SE3121 Introduction to C4ISR (3-0) Summer

The study of command and control (C2) information processing and decision making in the context of adaptive combat organizations and the C4ISR System Infrastructure that support it. Topics include: C2 decision processes [Observe-Orient-Decide-Act Loops, Problem Sensemaking (Identification) - Solution Finding and Implementation Processes], operational architectures, intelligence preparation of the Battlespace (IPB); mission success and organizational fitness. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.


SE3122 Naval Weapon Systems Technology - I (3-0) As Required

This is the first of two courses that introduce the student to the technologies of combat systems. It starts with a brief survey of military sensor technology. It then introduces the student to effects of the propagation medium on sensor performance, the relationship between signals and noise, and the concepts of signature and signature control. The various sensor technologies involved in military applications of all kinds are presented as well as the essentials of C4ISR and the C4ISR Framework. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.


SE3123 Naval Weapon Systems Technology - II (3-0) As Required

The second of a two course sequence, this course introduces the student to both the effects that weapons can produce as well as the technologies needed by weapons systems to create those effects, including the control elements. It is designed to provide an early initial familiarization of the student with critical weapons concepts. Analytic techniques are presented that allow the student to evaluate the interrelationships between the combat systems. Prerequisites: SE3122, or consent of instructor.


SE3151 Human Systems Engineering in Design (3-2) As Required

This course provides an introduction to human systems engineering as it relates to military system development and life cycle sustainment. An emphasis is placed on systems engineering concepts and principles as they support effective human systems integration as part of the DOD acquisition process. The course initially focuses on human capabilities and their bearing on effective operator integration into system design. It then delves into each major human system domains of human factors, safety and health, habitability, survivability, manpower, personnel and training, underscoring primarily those factors impacting system design. It also stresses evaluating design alternatives with an objective to optimize performance, reduce risk, address constraints, and consider costs. Prerequisites: SE3100 and OS3180 or equivalent.


SE3166 Principles of Advanced Systems Engineering (3-0) As Required

This course is an Introduction to systems thinking and the processes and methods of systems engineering. The course covers fundamentals of systems engineering and system architecting, requirements analysis, functional analysis and allocation, preliminary system architecture, systems analysis, system design, and the basics of test and evaluation. The course also addresses specific DoD systems engineering processes, as well as the DoD life-cycle acquisition framework. Various perspectives, from frameworks, processes, and standards, such as the DoD Architecture Framework (DODAF), DoD Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), EIA 632, ISO 15288, IEEE 1220, IEEE 1471, and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) models, are presented. Students analyze case studies. Students also use spreadsheet software for modeling and analyzing requirements and conceptual design alternatives. The course includes the application of fundamental systems engineering processes and methods to an integrative project, as well as development of communication skills through oral presentations and written reports. This course provides equivalency for DAU courses SYS 101 and SYS 202. Prerequisite: None.

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SE3201 Engineering Systems Conceptualization (2-4) Any Quarter

Engineering of systems in the Enterprise, Societal and Environmental Context presents a view of how system development moves through four metaphases, Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, and Operating. The chosen terms are descriptive of activities that address hardware, software, and human integration, for product and process industries. Conceptualization begins with consideration of stakeholder capability, market, or opportunity need though early stage or conceptual design, and includes systems thinking and project management. This course on system conceptualization is the first in a series of three consecutive project courses that augments the core education for all resident students enrolled in the NPS Department of Systems Engineering’s Master of Science in Systems Engineering curriculum. It is intended to provide authentic, hands-on engineering experience within which to apply learning from the core sequence of systems engineering courses. Specifically, this course provides the opportunity to use the language, terminology, concepts, methods, and tools to develop the competency to be a systems engineer. Prerequisite: SE3100. SI3400 can be taken concurrently.


SE3202 Engineering Systems Design (2-4) Any Quarter

Engineering of systems in the Enterprise, Societal and Environmental Context presents a view of how system development moves through four metaphases, Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, and Operating. The chosen terms are descriptive of activities that address hardware, software, and human integration, for defense-related products and processes. Designing includes the design process, including phases and approaches, utilization of knowledge, designing for "X" (sustainability, reliability, manufacturability, etc.), disciplinary, and multidisciplinary design. This course on system design is the second in a series of three consecutive project courses that augments the core education for all resident students enrolled in the NPS Department of Systems Engineering’s Master of Science in Systems Engineering curriculum. It is intended to provide an authentic engineering experience within which to apply learning from the core sequence of systems engineering courses. Specifically, this course provides you the language, terminology, concepts, methods, and tools to develop the competency to be a systems engineer. Prerequisites: SE3100, SE3201, SI3400. Corequisites: SE3302 can be taken concurrently.


SE3203 Engineering Systems Implementation & Operation (2-4) Any Quarter

Engineering of systems in the Enterprise, Societal and Environmental Context presents a view of how system development moves through four metaphases, Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, and Operating. The chosen terms are descriptive of activities that address hardware, software, and human integration, for generally for defense-related products and processes. Implementing includes hardware, software, and human systems considerations, test and evaluation, as well as design and management of the implementation process. Operating covers a wide range of issues from designing and managing operations, sustainability through logistics and supporting product lifecycle considerations and improvements, all the way through end-of-life planning. This course on system implementation and operation is the last in a series of three consecutive project courses that augments the core education for all resident students enrolled in the NPS Department of Systems Engineering’s Master of Science in Systems Engineering curriculum. It is intended to provide an authentic engineering experience within which to apply learning from the core sequence of systems engineering courses. Specifically, this course provides you the language, terminology, concepts, methods, and tools to develop the competency to be a systems engineer. Prerequisites: SE3202, SE3302.


SE3250 Capability Engineering (3-2) As Required

This course presents a systems engineering approach to determining military capabilities required to execute a mission set. It introduces simulation as a method for assessing performance of a capabilities portfolio. Topics covered include current DOD and Naval practices for capabilities engineering, design and assessment of capability portfolios, and use of commercial and custom simulations to analyze capability portfolio performance. Prerequisites: OS3180 or equivalent, and SE3100.


SE3302 Systems Suitability (3-2) Spring/Fall

This course presents the techniques of system design and assessment for operational feasibility, including reliability, maintainability, usability (including human factors and human performance), supportability, and producibility. Design methods for open architecture of hardware and software are presented. Software integration and management from a systems perspective is presented. Prerequisites: SE3100.


SE3303 Systems Assessment (3-2) Winter/Summer

Systems under development must be assessed for cost and effectiveness, and both cost and effectiveness must be managed during systems trades. This course presents a systems engineering perspective for framing such trade decisions. Topics include cost estimation, effectiveness estimation through the test and evaluation process and modeling, techniques for engineering trades, and managing the risk involved. The course applies these fundamental systems assessment processes and methods to an integrative system project, building on work done in SE3100. Development of communication. Prerequisites: SE3302.

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SE3321 Reliability Management and Data Systems (3-2) As Required

The course focuses on the practical aspects of reliability analysis and management. Reliability aspects and functions are explained and illustrated using examples and calculus-level mathematics. Topics include: basic tools and methods of reliability for developing complex systems including electronic components, mechanical components, and software; data needs for effective reliability analysis and how to design and implement systems to acquire and store that data; and the principles and practices for developing cost-effective dependable (reliability and availability) systems. Case studies are used to illustrate the material. Prerequisites: None.


SE3322 Reliability Centered Maintenance (3-2) As Required

The course covers the fundamentals of reliability centered maintenance and current practices following both military and industry standards. It also presents modifications that have been implemented for different applications and explains their suitability. An important aspect of the course is to examine and quantify the role of maintenance on operations, safety, and its economic benefits. Software tools for implementation are presented. The course includes a class project to develop and implement a pilot application of RCM to an identified site need. Prerequisite: SE3321.


SE3351 Human Factors in Systems Design (3-1) As Required

This course will provide an introduction to the field of Human Factors with an emphasis on military systems. Humans are the most important element of any military system. Consequently, the design of effective systems must take into account human strengths and limitations as well as considerations of human variability. The course surveys human factors, human-centered design, and system effectiveness and safety. Topics include system design in light of human cognition and performance as they are influenced by physiological, anthropometric and environmental considerations. Prerequisite: None.

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SE3410 Modeling and Simulation Requirements and Proposals (4-0) As Required

This course teaches students to establish and write valid modeling and simulation requirements using a process that includes modeling and simulation needs analysis, generation of valid modeling and simulation requirements, functional decomposition and conceptual model development, and issuance of "built to" or "buy to" performance specifications. The student will learn to compare M&S proposals received in response to those requirements against measurable program contributions and cost considerations. Prerequisite: MV/SE3101.


SE3411 System of Systems Program Definition and Concept Development (3-2) Fall

Same as MN3411. Managing the integration of Large System of Systems (SoS) through a Lead Systems Integrator brings together all developers through a single, central point of communication and control to direct work activities, plan for SoS integration, organize for effective scheduling, and build the team's commitment to successful integration and interoperability. SoS integration often poses confounding problems due to the myriad of interactions between systems and the overall meta-system. This course discusses the special problems of managing the integration of system of systems. Topics include the characteristics of the large scale SoS, program management of SoS integration, uses of SoS design and architecture for decision analysis, feasibility analysis and approaches for SoS integration, SoS contract management, and execution for SoS acquisitions. Prerequisite: A strong background in systems engineering or approval by instructor.


SE3412 System of Systems Design and Development (3-2) Winter

Same as MN3412. This course discusses the special problems of managing and engineering system of systems from the LSI perspective. Topics include characteristics of SoS in the LSI management environment, engineering implications of SoS issues, management and engineering methodology of SoS, SoS architecture, analysis of SoS, and tools for engineering and monitoring SoS. Managing the integration of SoS through an LSI requires attention to the meta-systems implications of changes at the systems level. This course discusses the special problems of managing the integration of system of systems from the LSI perspective. Topics from the LSI perspective include the characteristics of the large scale SoS, program management of SoS integration, uses of SoS design and architecture for decision analysis, feasibility analysis and approaches for SoS integration, SoS contract management, and execution for SoS acquisitions. Prerequisite: SE3411.


SE3413 System of Systems Integration, Qualification and Lifecycle (3-2) Spring

Same as MN3413. This course discusses these special problems of managing and engineering system of systems from the LSI perspective. Topics include complexity theory in program management (PM), integrated risk management, SoS program assessment strategy, SoS governance, SoS integration design & considerations, SoS performance analysis, SoS leading indicators and reference model strategy. Prerequisite: SE3411 and SE3412.


SE3420 Modeling and Simulation in Acquisition I (2-0) As Required

This course surveys the Pre-Acquisition modeling and simulation (M&S) activities, and the M&S used in the initial phases of the Acquisition Life Cycle, using the progression of different modeling and simulation applications in use in each phase as a benchmark. Upon completion, students are able to identify a particular M&S tool and apply it appropriately to the correct point in the lifecycle and to relate specific tools to the decision points that separate the acquisition phases. Prerequisite: MV/SE3313.

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SE3430 Modeling and Simulation Strategy and Support Plans (4-0) As Required

This course introduces acquisition workforce professionals to the modeling and simulation (M&S) planning and the generation of support plan documents. This course presents the principles behind the development of the integrated Simulation Support Plan (SSP),surveys the System Engineering Plan (SEP) and Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP),and develops the relationships between them. Prerequisite: MV/SE3101.


SE3501 Distributed Systems Engineering (3-2) As Required

This course is designed as part of the Network-Centric Systems Engineering track of the Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) program. The course provides the student with an understanding of the principles, concepts, and technology that allow a network-centric enterprise to function. Subject matter includes system communications, computer-based processes, naming conventions, process synchronization, consistency, replication, state-of-the-art middleware, and distributed information systems. Prerequisites: CS2011SE3130, and CS2020.


SE3503 System Performance Evaluation (3-2) As Required

This course provides the student with the principles, concepts and techniques needed to analyze and plan the capacity of computer systems. The course relies on the use of analytic queuing network models of computer systems. Queuing network modeling is applied to evaluating the performance of centralized, distributed, parallel, client/server, and Web-based systems performance. The course also covers performance measurement tools for various computer operating systems and for large-scale, network-centric systems. Prerequisites: CS2011CS2900 and SE3501, or consent of instructor.


SE3810 Systems Engineering Seminar (0-2) Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer

This weekly seminar on topics in Systems Engineering is intended to broaden and extend knowledge horizons beyond material covered in regular classes, to provide opportunities for critical discussion of systems engineering topics, to relate course work to the real world and emphasize the implications of engineering choices on a society as a whole, and to promote good lifelong learning habits. The course will provide operational, historical, cultural, and economic contexts for the material studied in the SE curriculum. It will also promote the recognition of, critical analysis of, and planning for development and exploitation of future military capabilities. Students will be required to read, analyze, and discuss in class at least four books per quarter selected by the faculty to address an overall theme that will vary from quarter to quarter. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis only. Prerequisites: None.


SE3900 Topics in Systems Engineering and Analysis (3-0) As Required

This course presents topics in systems engineering and analysis that are relevant to the across-campus project or that meet special interests of the students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


SE3910 System Evolution and Technology Assessment (4-0) As Required

This course discusses technological change, its impact on systems, and ways to predict the impact of future technology developments on system development. General topics include understanding the rate of technological change, how innovations are developed and adopted, methodologies for assessing technology growth and evolution (forecasting), limits on technological growth, and examples of technology assessment. This course uses a seminar approach with out-of-classroom reading and in-class discussions of the reading replacing traditional lectures. Prerequisites: SE3100SI3400SE3302, andSE3303 or consent of instructor.

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SE4003 Systems Software Engineering (3-2) As Required

This course is designed to teach students the basic concepts of software engineering and methods for requirements definition, design and testing of software. Specific topics include introduction to the software life cycle, basic concepts and principles of software engineering, object-oriented methods for requirements analysis, software design and development. Special emphasis is placed on the integration of software with other components of a larger system. Prerequisites: SE3100 or SI4021.


SE4007 Introduction to Systems Engineering (3-1) Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter

This course provides an overview of the art and science of systems engineering and an introduction to the systems approach and methodological framework for designing, implementing, managing, and reengineering large-scale systems and processes. Topics covered include the systems approach, understanding and defining customer (stakeholder) problems, eliciting and defining stakeholder requirements, defining stakeholder-driven value systems, developing alternative system concepts, and functional modeling and analysis of alternatives. Students will carry out projects and assignments both individually and as teams. Prerequisites: SI3400 or equivalent.


SE4008 Systems Engineering and Integration (2-1) As Required

Customer requirements modeling and subsequent system functional and architecture modeling, form the basis for engineering and integrating complex technical systems and processes. This course provides the student with the language, terminology, and concepts of system architecting and an introduction to various types of architectures and their interrelationships. Topics covered include organizational systems, architecture modeling (e.g., the Hatley/Hruschka/Pribhai Method, the Rummler-Brache Method), types and relationships of architectures and architectural frameworks (including the C4ISR Framework and the Zachman Framework), human and cultural aspects of architecting, process engineering, information engineering and architectures, and knowledge formation and distribution. Students will carry out projects and assignments both individually and as teams. Prerequisites: SE4007.


SE4009 Systems Architecture for Systems Engineering (2-1) As Required

This course provides the student with an understanding of the context and framework for carrying out a systems engineering project and the system-level responsibilities of a systems engineer. Topics covered include systems architecture, systems design and development, system test and evaluation, system reliability, system maintainability, human factors and system design, system producibility and supportability, balancing live cycle cost, schedule, suitability, and performance, and systems engineering project management and control. Types of systems considered will range from small-scale to large-scale and from primarily technical to primarily social-political. Students will work in teams to complete a system engineering project to analyze, design and architect a working prototype system. Prerequisites: SE4008, or equivalent.


SE4011 Systems Engineering for Acquisition Managers (3-2) As Required

Systems engineers flow requirements down to detailed elements, integrate elements, and verify system performance. This course concentrates on the structural and technical elements of system engineering necessary in the product development domain. Multidisciplinary activities leading to requirements analysis, design trades, and integrated product-process development are complemented by current best manufacturing practices and design for cost principles. Structured methods, decision analysis, and quality engineering foundations are emphasized. Case studies from a variety of industrial contexts are presented and discussed. This course is team taught by experts from several disciplines. Prerequisites: None.


SE4012 Management of Advanced Systems Engineering (4-0) As Required

This course provides the student with an understanding of architecting, Object Oriented Systems Engineering, the Unified Modeling Language, and the control of complex projects with many Systems Engineers through the use of metrics. Specific emphasis is placed on exploring the relationship between science, art, deductive processes, inductive processes, systems engineering, and acquisition management. In order to solve today's complex problems, the student will become familiar with heuristic tools. This course is equivalent to DAU SYS 301. Prerequisites: None.

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SE4112 Combat Systems Engineering III (3-2) Summer

This course applies systems engineering principles to the design of combat systems with emphasis on detection, tracking, and identification systems. Sensor technologies covered include radars, ESM, active and passive sonar, infrared, electro-optical, and magnetic/electric/gravity field sensors. The emphasis is on what the elements contribute to a combat system, their basic principles of operation, their performance limitations, trade-offs, and their interfaces with the rest of the combat system. This course builds on the material offered in SE3112 (Intro to Sensors). Prerequisites: SE3112.


SE4113 Combat Systems Engineering IV (3-2) As Required

This course extends the coverage of SE3113 (Conventional Weapons) to include unconventional weapons. Topics include information warfare and weapons (including electronic warfare), directed energy weapons, weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological), and nonlethal weapons. It introduces the student to both the effects that unconventional weapons can produce as well as the technologies needed by weapons systems to create those effects. It is designed to provide familiarization of the student with critical weapons concepts that are necessary for enlightened examination of both technology development and military planning. Prerequisite: SE4112.


SE4115 Combat Systems Integration (3-2) As Required

This course presents systems engineering techniques for integrating combat systems into a common system, including technology development, system development and integration, network integration, and system of systems integration. Lectures and projects exploring engineering design tools and analysis methods to meet specified systems requirements are used. Topics include engineering analysis of interfaces for power, data, mechanical, and other attributes; engineering change management; advanced collaboration environments; technology readiness levels; and integration risk mitigation. Prerequisites:SE3113SE4112 or consent of instructor.


SE4150 Systems Architecture and Design (3-2) As Required

The use of models, from stakeholder needs to requirements, to system functional and physical architecture, through performance specification, for the basis for architecting and designing complex technical systems. This course provides the student with the language, terminology, concepts, methods, and tools of system architecting and design, including exploring the relationship between science, art, and deductive and inductive processes. Topics covered include architecture modeling (e.g. Hatley/Hruschka/Pirbhai and Rummler-Brache Methods), architectural frameworks (including Zachman and DoDAF), object oriented modeling approaches using Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Systems Modeling Language (SysML), human and cultural aspects of architecturing and design, requirements generation and definition, and knowledge formation and distribution. Students carry out projects and assignments both individually and as teams. Prerequisites: SE3100 and or SI4021.

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SE4151 Systems Integration and Development (3-2) As Required

This course provides the student with an understanding of the context and framework for planning and carrying out integration and development, including emergent behavior, manufacturing, and production of complex systems. Topics covered include systems and SoS integration and production with consideration of multiple suitability aspects, including availability, reliability, maintainability, embedded software, human factors, producibility, interoperability, supportability, emergent behavior, life cycle cost, schedule, and performance. Types of systems considered are large-scale spanning applications from purely technical to socio-technical. Students work in teams to complete a systems engineering project to analyze, integrate, and produce a working prototype system. Prerequisite: SE4150.


SE4321 Reliability Growth and Accelerated Testing (4-1) As Required

This course covers mathematical and statistical models used in advanced reliability engineering and the art of their application. Reliability growth models include the AMSSA- Crow, Duane, and Lloyd-Lipow models. Accelerated testing models include the Arrhenius, Eyring, and Inverse-power Law. Statistical and practical issues in model selection and parameter estimation are discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on design of test plans. Prerequisite: OA4302.


SE4350 Logistics Engineering (4-0) As Required

Also offered as MN4310. Prerequisites: OS3180 or equivalent, SE3100 and SI3400.


SE4353 Risk Analysis and Management for Engineering Systems (3-2) Spring/Fall

This course covers three areas in the risk field - Qualitative Risk Analysis, Quantitative Risk Analysis, and Decision Risk Analysis. Qualitative Risk Analysis presents techniques for risk identification/evaluation, risk handling, risk monitoring and risk management. Quantitative Risk Analysis includes Probabilistic Risk Assessment (RPRA) of system performance and project cost/schedule. Decision Risk Analysis gives the students an understanding of how to apply risk and cost benefit techniques in decision making when one must deal with significant risk or uncertainty. The course will present a framework for balancing risks and benefits to applicable situations. Typically these involve human safety, potential environmental effects, and large financial and technological uncertainties. Concepts are applied toward representative problems resulting in risk and decision models that provide insight and understanding, and consequently lead to more successful projects/programs with better system performance within cost and schedule. This is the same course as ME4753. Prerequisites: OS3180/OS3104, or equivalent graduate level course in probability, or consent of the instructor.

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SE4354 Systems Test and Evaluation (4-0) As Required

This course is designed to cover principles of test and evaluation (T&E) and the roles, purposes, functions, and techniques of T&E within the systems engineering process. The course will cover all aspects of T&E throughout the life cycle of a system to include test planning, test resources, development of test requirements, selection of critical test parameters, development of measures of effectiveness and performance, test conduct, analysis of test results, and determination of corrective action in the event of discrepancies. The course will emphasize the application of T&E through all phases of system development to include modeling and simulation (M&S) activities for enhancing the T&E process, developmental test and evaluation (DT&E), live fire test and evaluation (LFT&E), and operational test and evaluation (OT&E). Principles of experiment design and statistical analysis of test results will be reviewed. The course content will be consistent with Congressional and DoD requirements and guidelines and will include case studies and lessons learned from actual defense system tests. This course also offered as OA4603. Prerequisites: OS3180 or equivalent and SE3100.


SE4414 LSI - Leadership in System Integration (4-0) Summer

Same as MN4414. Most major DoD acquisition activities are not the development of new systems but the improvement and integration of existing legacy systems. Furthermore, this acquisition activity is made exceptionally complex because the systems need to be integrated with a "Systems-of-Systems" (SoS) approach. SoS acquisition, development, and integration require skills in system integration that exceed those required with standalone system acquisition. These skills are embodied in the role of the "Lead System Integrator" (LSI), previously a contractor, but increasingly a DoD employee. In this course we examine the roles of the LSI, where DoD acquisition skills may need to be strengthened to perform as the LSI, and discuss methods and tools to do so. This course is a capstone to SE3411, SE3412, and SE3413.


SE4420 Modeling and Simulation in Acquisition II (2-0)

This course surveys the M&S used in the final phases of the Acquisition Life Cycle, using the progression of different modeling and simulation applications in use in each phase as a benchmark. Upon completion, students will be able to identify a particular tool and apply it appropriately to the correct point in the lifecycle and relate specific tools to the decision points that separate the acquisition phases. They will be able to identify sustainment and training support M&S for a representative system. Prerequisite: SE3420.

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SE4501 Network-Centric Enterprise Design and Engineering (3-2) Spring

This course provides the concepts, principles, and approaches necessary to understand the enterprise (warfighting force or business organization—private or public) as a functioning system or system of systems. It also introduces a method for enterprise modeling and design and discusses the functions of enterprise engineering. As a result, the student will be given the tools to understand large-scale system (i.e., enterprise) engineering and its relationship with network-centric technologies and components. Prerequisites: CS2011CS2020 and SE3501, or consent of instructor.


SE4503 Technology Planning and Replacement (3-2) Spring

Often, enterprise managers make information resource management decisions based only on costs of acquiring, maintaining, and replacing information technology—the proverbial IT tail wags the business dog. While cost is certainly important, planning and replacement of the IT infrastructure should be driven by a solid business case based on total enterprise needs. This course examines the business-driven approach to information resource management in a network-centric enterprise. Prerequisites: SE3130 or consent of instructor.


SE4900 Advanced Studies in Systems Engineering (3-0) Quarterly

Directed study at an advanced graduate level based on textbooks, journal literature, experimental projects, or other sources. This course is designed to permit study of a selected topic at an advanced level, and which is not available for study through regularly scheduled courses. Prerequisites: Consent of program officer, academic associate, and instructor.


SE4930 Model-Based Systems Engineering (3-2) Quarterly

Practical systems engineering relies heavily on models during conceptualization, system definition, system design, system integration, as well as system assessment. This course addresses the use of models in all phases of the systems engineering process. Details of widely-used processes for modeling are described and these tools are used in laboratory exercises and projects. This course uses a seminar approach with out-of-classroom reading and in-class discussions of the reading replacing traditional lectures. Prerequisites: SE3100, SI3400, SE3302, and SE3303.

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SE4935 Formal Methods for Systems Architecting (4-0) Spring/Summer

This course provides students with an introduction to the application of formal methods to system architecture model and design analysis. Students are exposed to theories and practices that use mathematics and formal logic for the formulation, interrogation, assessment and measurement of properties of architecture models and the designs they describe. Drawing on their academic and professional experiences, students practice writing specifications of architecting best practices and lessons learned in both natural language and formal mathematical notation, and applying them in systems engineering tools. DoD system models rich in design patterns are used as a basis for formulation. The aim of this course is to apply systematic and formal thinking to the development and evaluation of system architectures.


SE4950 System of Systems Engineering (4-0) Quarterly

Systems of systems (SoS) arise when a number of independently developed systems are integrated to perform tasks of which the independent systems are incapable. This course discusses the special problems of engineering systems of systems. Topics include characteristics of SoS, engineering management of SoS, engineering methodology of SoS, SoS architecture, analysis of SoS, and tools for engineering SoS. This course uses a seminar approach with out-of-classroom reading and in-class discussions of the reading replacing traditional lectures. Case studies are used extensively. Prerequisites: SE4150 and SE4151.


SE4980 Enterprise Systems Engineering (4-0) Spring

The modeling, analysis, and design of enterprise systems defined as a socio-technical system that comprises interdependent resources of people, information, and technology that collectively fulfills the enterprise’s mission. Adopting this view, the Navy is an enterprise system, and this course takes a systems engineering approach to designing these types of socio-technical systems. Topics include enterprise needs analysis; enterprise architecture; process modeling, analysis, and design; information modeling, analysis, and design; organization modeling, analysis, and design; and the integration of these views. Prerequisite: SE3100


SE5805 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (0-8) As Required

Dissertation preparation for doctoral students. Available in the quarter following completion of coursework and then continuously each quarter until advancement to candidacy is approved by the Academic Council.


SE5810 Dissertation Research (0-8) Quarterly

Dissertation research for doctoral students. Required in the quarter following advancement to candidacy and then continuously each quarter until dissertation is approved by the Academic Council. Prerequisite: Advancement to Candidacy.

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SE5900 Doctoral Research Initiation (0-8) Quarterly

This course provides program continuity and assistance to doctoral students in finding a dissertation topic and supervisor and subsequently initiating a dissertation research program. Required in the quarter following completion of doctoral-level course work and then continuously each quarter until advancement to candidacy.


SI Courses

SI0810 Integrating Project (0-8) Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter

This course serves as a final synthesis of the entire systems engineering curriculum. The course requires completion of an integrating project where student teams provide solutions using systems engineering methods and project management techniques. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


SI3400 Fundamentals of Engineering Project Management (3-2)

This course examines modern techniques of engineering project management from a systems perspective, including project planning, organization, and control. Specific topics include discussion of the systems engineering management process, risk management, scheduling methodologies, the DoD acquisition environment, management of design activities, PERT, CPM, and project control mechanisms. Case studies are used to examine application of principles. Large-scale system management, mitigation of technical risk, integrated product and process development, quality management, contracting, and the international environment are discussed. Large scale systems management problems are examined using commercial software suites. Covers application of fundamental systems project management processes and methods to an integrative system project. Development of communication skills is accomplished through oral presentations and written reports. Prerequisite/co-requisite: SE3100.


SI4021 Systems Engineering for Product Development (4-0) Summer/Winter

Systems engineers flow requirements down to detailed elements, integrate elements, and verify system performance. This course concentrates on the structural and technical elements of system engineering necessary in the product development domain. Multidisciplinary activities leading to requirements analysis, design trades, and integrated product-process development are complemented by current best manufacturing practices and design for cost principles. Structured methods, decision analysis, and quality engineering foundations are emphasized. Case studies from a variety of industrial contexts are presented and discussed. This course is team taught by experts from several disciplines. Prerequisites: None.


SI4022 Systems Architecture for Product Development (4-0) Summer/Winter

Systems architects respond to user needs, define and allocate functionality, decompose the system, and define interfaces. This course presents a synthetic view of system architecture: the allocation of functionality and its projection on organizational functionality; the analysis of complexity and methods of decomposition and re-integration; consideration of downstream processes including manufacturing and operations. Physical systems and software systems are discussed. Heuristic and formal methods will be presented. Students are given research assignments that provide opportunities to further learn how systems architecture principles are applied in a variety of application areas. This course provides an integrative forum for PD21 students to stimulate holistic, global, and innovative thinking, and to enable critical evaluation of current modes of architecture. Prerequisites: None.


SI4900 Advanced Studies in Systems Engineering and Integration (3-0) As Required

This course presents advanced topics in Systems Engineering relevant to in depth, focused graduate research and thesis work. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

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