Fundamentals of Systems Engineering for Engineering Management

The course focuses on two important aspects - engineering management and systems engineering. It covers functional, non-functional and other aspects, such as managing technical features, quality and performance, and staffing, budgets and outsourcing, respectively, types of management models, such as hierarchical or matrix, and differing approaches for low vs. hi-tech, strategic vs. tactical and other situations encountered in Engineering management. Students also learn how to develop an architecture and design for any system, based on stakeholders’ needs.

Course Objectives:

  • Engineering management is a part of every engineer’s work responsibilities whether or not the engineer is managing an organization, project or his or her own assignment. This course focuses on two important aspects of engineering management.
  • The first focuses on engineering management itself; what it is, functional, non-functional and other aspects, such as managing technical features, quality and performance, and staffing, budgets and outsourcing, respectively, types of management models, such as hierarchical or matrix, and differing approaches for low vs. hi-tech, strategic vs. tactical and other situations. The class looks at two specific aspects of project management; using critical chains and the theory of constraints as methods for improving a project’s probability of being completed on time.
  • The second aspect is systems engineering which is a discipline found within all of the engineering fields and which goes hand-in-hand with engineering management. Students learn how to develop an architecture and design for any system, based on stakeholders’ needs. Focus is on a process which includes translating the needs into initial system requirements, defining operational scenarios, identifying potential system concepts, choosing a preferred concept and developing the system model, e.g., definition of the functional and physical architectures and derivation of the component requirements. Three aspects of architecture evaluation are covered. Students experience the use of tools and methodologies, such as Quality Functional Deployment, Pugh’s Matrix, Morphological Box, as well as a software tool called Core. The Core software, a product of the Vitech Corporation, will be provided at no cost to each student by Vitech.

 

Careers:This class is appropriate for engineering management and information technologies. It is especially targeted to those interested in the Business Analyst role. As part of the class, students will be introduced to various career opportunities that utilize systems engineering and requirements documentation.

The course will cover the following topics:

Engineering Management

1. Goals and Objectives (Module 00)

2. Introduction to Engineering Management & Systems Engineering (Module 01)

3.  Elements of Engineering Management (Module 02)

 

Systems Engineering

1. Systems Engineering Overview (Module 03)

2. System Model & Methods (Module 04)

3. Market Analysis (Module 05)

4. Understanding the Need (Module 06)

5. Preferred Concept (Module 07)

6. Requirements Definition (Module 08)

7. System Requirements Gate Review (Team Presentation)

8. Functional Architecture (Module 09)

9. Physical and Interface Architecture (Module 10)

10.  System Model (Module 11)

 

Architecture and Design Assessment

1. Technical (Module 12)

2. Non Technical (Module 13)

3. Qualification (Module 14)

 

Management Skills & Delivery Considerations

1. Frameworks and Representations (Module 15)

2. Managing Projects (Module 16)

3. Engineering Management in Gate Reviews (Module 17)

4. Preliminary Design Gate Review (Team Presentation)

5. Importance of People and Diversity(Module 18)